In 2015, anti-abortion activist David Daleiden published edited and misleading videos that seemingly showed Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue, an accusation that the organization has vehemently denied. He and his co-conspirator now face 15 felony charges in California related to recording confidential communications without consent.
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