Anti-abortion activists must pay Planned Parenthood $2 million in damages after SCOTUS refuses to hear their appeal

This Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from anti-abortion activists to throw out a $2 million judgement they were ordered to pay Planned Parenthood after they secretly recorded employees in a scheme to uncover the alleged sale of fetal body parts, Reuters reported.

From Reuters:

The justices turned away the appeal by David Daleiden and his group, the Center for Medical Progress, of a lower court’s decision in 2022 upholding most of the damages in a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood, a women’s healthcare and abortion provider, accusing the defendants of conspiracy, eavesdropping and other claims. The lower court rejected the argument made by the defendants that with the secret recording they were exercising their right to free speech under the U.S. Constitution.

Planned Parenthood filed suit in 2016 against Daleiden and his California-based organization in federal court in San Francisco seeking monetary damages, accusing them of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and engaging in fraud, trespassing, breach of contract and illegal secret recording.

Read the full report over at Reuters.

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