Saturday, August 01, 2015

California federal judge blocks release of future videos by Center for Medical Progress

On Friday, a federal judge in San Fransisco blocked the release of any additional recordings by the Center for Medical Progress. CMP is the organization behind a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting and selling of aborted baby organs and tissue.

The injunction came after the National Abortion Federation filed a request for a restraining order against CMP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“The safety and security of our members is our top priority,” the group’s president Vicki Saporta said in a statement. “That security has been compromised by the illegal activities of a group with ties to those who believe it is justifiable to murder abortion providers. CMP went to great lengths to infiltrate our meetings as part of a campaign to intimidate and attack abortion providers,” Judge William Orrick said in his ruling.

“The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work. The National Abortion Federation is a criminal organization that has spent years conspiring with Planned Parenthood on how to violate federal laws on partial-birth abortion and fetal tissue sales.

“The Center for Medical Progress will contest any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the freedom of the citizen press,” CMP said in a statement.

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