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California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.
USA TODAY

Two anti-abortion activists who filmed controversial undercover videos as they attempted to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood have been charged in California with 15 felonies for allegedly invading the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.

State prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, eight months after similar charges were dropped in Texas.

Meanwhile, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld an  injunction barring anti-abortion activists from distributing the controversial recordings.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a former Democratic member of Congress, said in a statement that the state “will not tolerate the criminal recording of conversations.”

Prosecutors say Daleiden, of Davis, Calif., and Merritt, of San Jose, filmed 14 people without permission from October 2013 to July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. They were also accused of one count of criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.

Daleiden said in an email to The Associated Press that the “bogus” charges are coming from “Planned Parenthood’s political cronies.”

“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners,” Daleiden said.

The conversations included officials from Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, a California company that provides blood, tissue and other biological material for medical research and received…