The legal stakes at play in California’s case against antiabortion activists

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California’s prosecution of two antiabortion activists on felony charges of invasion of privacy appears to be on solid ground, though the case is likely to test the strength of the state’s ban on the surreptitious recording of others, legal experts said Wednesday.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra unveiled a 15-count felony complaint Tuesday against activists David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt alleging that they video-recorded 14 people without their consent at meetings with women’s healthcare providers in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Francisco and El Dorado.

An Irvine-based anti-abortion group founded by Daleiden later posted the video online, charging that Planned Parenthood was involved in the selling of fetal tissue.

Investigations eventually cleared the organization of the charges, but the reports sparked threats and violence against Planned Parenthood centers.


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