Anti-abor­tion ac­tivist found in con­tempt

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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