California charges creators of Planned Parenthood undercover videos

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed criminal charges against two anti-abortion activists who orchestrated undercover videos of Planned Parenthood clinics two years ago.

An arrest warrant filed Tuesday night accuses David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of creating fictitious identities and a fictitious bioresearch company and secretly recording conversations with women’s health care providers.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said in a statement. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

The criminal complaint said it is a felony to “intentionally and without the consent of all parties to a confidential communication, by means of an electronic amplifying and recording device, eavesdrop and record the confidential communication” with the women.