Anti-abortion activist indicted in Texas turns herself in
HOUSTON (AP) _ One of the anti-abortion activists indicted after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has turned herself in to Texas authorities.
Sandra Merritt appeared in a Houston courtroom Wednesday and posted bond, which was reduced from $10,000 to $2,000.
The other indicted activist, David Daleiden (dah-LY’-din), is scheduled to turn himself in Thursday.
Both were charged with tampering with a governmental record. Daleiden also was indicted on a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.
The videos alleged Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for profit.
The grand jury that indicted the two on January 25th also investigated Planned Parenthood but concluded it committed no wrongdoing.
Study: Texas birth control fell after Planned Parenthood cut
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A new study finds that Texas saw a drop in women obtaining long-acting birth control after Republican leaders booted Planned Parenthood from a state women’s health program in 2013, which researchers say may explain an increase in births among some poor families.
The research examined the effects of Texas severing taxpayer ties with the largest abortion provider in the U.S. The same year Texas barred Planned Parenthood, then-Gov. Rick Perry signed tough abortion restrictions that shuttered clinics statewide.
Researchers say their findings suggest a likely policy link between the exclusion of Planned Parenthood and women obtaining long-acting birth control.
Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson called the study misleading and defended access to women’s services.
The study was released Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Source: Culture – WTAW