Anti-abortion activist found in contempt
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge found an anti-abortion activist in contempt Monday after secretly taken recordings appeared online.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said David Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress who is known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates, had violated the judge’s injunction against releasing additional videos.
Orrick also ruled Daleiden’s lawyers, former Los Angeles prosecutor Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, had violated his injunction. Ferreira said Monday that they would appeal the judge’s contempt ruling.
In 2015, Daleiden’s center released secretly recorded videos that it says show Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited.
The videos stoked the U.S. abortion debate when they were released.
The center is also behind secret recordings at meetings of an abortion providers’ group, the National Abortion Federation, in 2014 and 2015. Orrick blocked the release of those videos, but publicly accessible links that led to at least some of the blocked videos appeared on Cooley and Ferreira’s website in May.