A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order Friday. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued an order blocking the the Center for Medical Progress from releasing videos and audio recordings containing National Abortion Federation member names and addresses, and dates and locations of future meetings, pending a hearing on Monday.
District Judge William H. Orrick III in San Francisco issued the restraining order out of concern for the safety of National Abortion Federation leaders.
“NAF would be likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest,” he wrote.
David Daleiden, the head of The Center for Medical Progress, called the National Abortion Federation, to which multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates belong, a “criminal organization” in a statement Friday.
“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,” he said following the court’s ruling. “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.”
But officials at the National Abortion Federation said the restraining order was necessary because they claim the videos were illegally recorded. FoxCT