Charges dropped against anti-abortion activist in Planned Parenthood case

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HOUSTON — Final charges were dropped Tuesday against two Houston anti-abortion activists in a Planned Parenthood case that has been a national seed of controversy since January.

Center for Medical Progress members David R. Daleiden and Sandra S. Marritt were accused of tampering with government records and offering to buy fetal tissue after the duo secretly recorded — what was supposed to be — a private meeting with Planned Parenthood officials. Those charges were disposed of during a Houston court hearing, according to court records.

The resulting video was uploaded to the internet last summer with accusations Planned Parenthood was selling fetal remains, which is illegal in the U.S.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — Republican and vocal opponent of abortion — demanded the Harris County district attorney — also Republican — examine Planned Parenthood after he watched the video in January.

During the investigation, a grand jury reviewing the case indicted the activists and cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.

Planned Parenthood officials argued they thought Daleiden and Marritt were medical researchers.