The California-based anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, that released videos showing Planned Parenthood employees appearing to discuss the sale of fetal tissues, was handed a significant blow by the Supreme Court last week.
David Daleiden, the pro-life director behind the videos, asked Justice Anthony Kennedy to block an order from a district judge to hand over the names of his organization’s supporters and donors. Kennedy denied the request, forcing Daleiden to provide the information to a California district court.
“It’s time to end this shell game…. The key issue here is the disclosure of the identities of CMP’s supporters,” California District Judge William Orrick said.
The time has come to hold @daviddaleiden accountable for violence spawned by his lying "baby body parts" video. Indict him 4 manslaughter.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 30, 2015
The National Abortion Federation has sued the Center for Medical Progress on the grounds that Daleiden and his affiliates in CMP, infiltrated its meetings by lying about their identities and posing as Planned Parenthood employees.
While the video’s content sparked a national outcry and renewed the debate over abortion, critics believe that Daleiden doctored the videos to solely discredit Planned Parenthood and build momentum for pro-life politicians.
— Daniel Buk (@DanBuk4) November 30, 2015
Orrick wants Daleiden to release the names in order to find out who was given confidential information about the National Abortion Federation. The judge also dismissed the argument from CMP supporters that the First Amendment’s “freedom of association” protects them in this case.
However, Daleiden’s attorneys argued that releasing the names would put some of his supporters at risk of “retaliation.”
The action on the lawsuit comes in the wake of a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that left three dead on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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