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Supreme Court Asked to End Censorship of Planned Parenthood Videos

NRL News Today

August 4, 2017   Judicial

Pro-life investigators ask Supreme Court to end censorship of Planned Parenthood videos

By Lisa Bourne

David Daleiden

David Daleiden

David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress have appealed to the Supreme Court to lift a federal judge’s gag order barring release of undercover footage of Planned Parenthood leaders at an abortion tradeshow.

The petition argues that no federal court has ever upheld a prior restraint like Judge William Orrick’s order to suppress speech of overwhelming public interest.

“At issue in this appeal is a gag order,” it states, “a preliminary injunction imposed specifically for the purpose of hiding information from the public, precisely because the information is of such significant public interest and concern — the procurement and sale of aborted fetal body parts.”

The footage that Orrick banned last year was taken at the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF) 2014 and 2015 conferences. It exposed high level abortionists speaking frankly about abortion and exposing gruesome details about the industry.

Daleiden, the CMP project lead, says there is information being suppressed by the order that is of significant public interest and concern.

“Judge Orrick’s gag order, issued at the behest of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, is an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by a clearly biased federal judge,” Daleiden said in a statement. “Judge Orrick even wants to press his gag order in the California Attorney General’s bogus criminal case against me — though he, NAF, and Planned Parenthood insist the gag order only applies to my defense, and not to the Attorney General’s bogus prosecution.”

The suppressed NAF footage is part of some three years of undercover video captured by CMP documenting the abortion industry and its questionable handling of the remains of children aborted at its facilities.

The videos have led to a Congressional investigation and heightened calls to end the multi-millions awarded to Planned Parenthood annually in taxpayer subsidies. Numerous executives from the abortion giant were documented in the videos bartering in the trafficking of body parts from aborted children.

Orrick had blocked release of those videos last year, after NAF took Daleiden to court over the footage. Another party had previously posted some of the video online.

Publicly accessible links to some of the footage were posted on a website belonging to Daleiden’s criminal attorneys in May.

The attorneys have argued that release of the footage is necessary to provide Daleiden with proper defense in his criminal case. Orrick rejected this argument when he found Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira in violation of his court order last month. Daleiden faces both civil and criminal charges.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had charged Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, with 15 felony counts of recording confidential conversations without consent from all parties.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite dismissed the first charges in the criminal case for being “legally insufficient.” Becerra later amended and refiled the charges, subsequently adding in the file names of specific videos.

Orrick later followed up on Cooley and Ferreira’s contempt charges last month, finding Daleiden and CMP in contempt as well, awarding the NAF around $137,000 for attorney fees, security costs, and staff time the abortion group contends it has expended searching the Internet for links to Daleiden’s videos.

Daleiden was also ordered to turn over videos and any materials relating to the court order.

CMP had petitioned for Orrick to recuse himself from the case in June, due to Orrick’s previous involvement with a San Francisco resource center that partners with Planned Parenthood, but the request was initially denied.

“As a key leader of the “Good Samaritan Family Resource Center” in San Francisco, Judge Orrick helped open and fund a Planned Parenthood Northern California clinic inside the Center’s headquarters,” CMP said Thursday in a statement. “Planned Parenthood Northern California has membership in the National Abortion Federation and is a named plaintiff against CMP and Daleiden in Judge Orrick’s courtroom. A motion to disqualify Judge Orrick is still pending.”

Daleiden’s attorneys and pro-life advocates have repeatedly contended that charges against him and Merritt are politically motivated and driven by the abortion lobby and its supporters.

Daleiden still has a significant amount of video that has not yet been released.

Editor’s note. This appeared at LifeSite News and is reposted with permission.


Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Ohio Right to Life

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court
Pres. Trump fulfills promise to pro-life voters

     CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Friday, April 7, 2017     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, 54-45 with bipartisan support. Judge Gorsuch has written numerous opinions demonstrating a strong record of protecting life and religious liberty, topics which received repeated questioning during confirmation hearings. Following his nomination, the abortion lobby and other activist groups urged Senate Democrats to block Gorsuch’s confirmation using the filibuster. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the procedural rules and break the Democrats’ attempted filibuster.
“Ohio Right to Life roundly applauds the pro-life leadership in the U.S. Senate for approving Judge Neil Gorsuch, and overriding the pro-abortion filibuster that threatened to delay the appointment of a pro-life Justice,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “Since our founding, the protection of the United States Supreme Court has been of the utmost importance to Ohio Right to Life and the national pro-life movement. The Senate’s united and decisive action is exactly what we need to protect the rights of the human person from judicial overreach that favors a money-hungry abortion industry.”

During the November 2016 Election, one in five voters named the Supreme Court as their number-one issue. These voters overwhelmingly supported Trump, 57 to 40 percent. Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to nominate only pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

“In January, President Trump fulfilled his promise to pro-life voters, and today, the U.S. Senate made good on it,” said Gonidakis. “Elections have consequences, and when it comes to pro-life issues, those consequences can be life or death. In 1973, seven men in black robes fabricated an arbitrary ‘right’ to kill a human child. Abortion has haunted the Supreme Court ever since. To this day, protecting the Supreme Court remains a top priority for Ohio Right to Life as we continue to advance groundbreaking legislation that chips away at this horrific decision.”

Gorsuch’s record:

  • Gorsuch wrote a book called “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” He argues in the book that “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable” and that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
  • Gorsuch ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in holding that Obamacare’s abortifacient mandate violates the religious beliefs of closely-held corporations.
  • Gorsuch also ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor, defending the rights of nuns not to be forced to pay for abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.
  • Gorsuch forcefully dissented from a case in which the Tenth Circuit sided with Planned Parenthood and refused to allow the Governor of Utah to de-fund the abortion business in wake of videos showing its involvement in the selling of baby body parts.

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Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.