Their undercover videos did a lot of damage to Planned Parenthood when they revealed the abortion giant’s baby body parts operation.
The following Life News article was authored by Micaiah Bilger.
The court battles continue for David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.
On Wednesday, Daleiden and his attorneys appeared before California federal Judge William Orrick to argue against a permanent injunction prohibiting them from releasing undercover videos of a National Abortion Federation conference, Courthouse News Service reports.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) sued Daleiden, fellow investigator Sandra Merritt and others involved in the Center for Medical Progress, accusing them of trespassing, fraud and breach of contract.
Orrick, who has ties to Planned Parenthood, repeatedly has ruled against the pro-life advocates not only in the NAF case but also in a separate lawsuit filed by the Planned Parenthood abortion chain. The judge appears likely to rule in favor of the abortion industry again.
According to the report:
[Orrick] signaled his intention on Wednesday to rule in favor of the National Abortion Federation and enter a permanent injunction barring the release of videos taken surreptitiously by anti-abortion activists at industry conferences years ago.
The ruling would avoid a trial over whether the recordings were made in pursuit of a scheme to fraudulently infiltrate the professional association for abortion providers around the country.
The judge referred to the separate lawsuit that Planned Parenthood won against Daleiden as evidence to support the NAF case.
The abortion industry has claimed that the undercover videos caused safety and privacy problems, and Orrick agreed that these were reason enough to block the videos from being released, the report states.
But attorney Peter Breen, who represents Daleiden, urged the court not to censor the videos, especially because Daleiden also is facing a separate criminal prosecution case in relation to them. That case, which began when Vice President Kamala Harris raided Daleiden’s home when she was attorney general of California, could send the pro-life leader to prison if convicted.
Breen said law enforcement also should be allowed to access the videos for investigations, according to the report.
Orrick issued a temporary injunction blocking the videos in 2015. His ruling applies only to the undercover videos of an NAF conference. Other Center for Medical Progress videos are still public.
In addition to a permanent block on the videos, NAF also asked the judge to prohibit Daleiden and others with the Center for Medical Progress from attending any of its conferences in the future, according to the report.
Daleiden also is facing criminal charges in a separate unjust prosecution by the California Attorney General’s Office. It began with Harris and continued with Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The California Attorney General’s Office claims Daleiden and Merritt broke the law by filming conversations with abortionists and others without their consent. The pro-life investigators are facing possible jail time and fines if convicted.
In May, the Center for Medical Progress and Daleiden filed a lawsuit against Harris for prosecuting him unjustly for his undercover investigative work. The lawsuit accuses Harris, Becerra, Planned Parenthood and others of conspiracy to violate First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights.
Donations to Daleiden’s legal defense may be made to the Thomas More Society, the pro-life legal organization representing him. Click here to donate.