Obama-appointed judge, and reported bundler for president, halts release of Planned Parenthood videos

PP-vidA federal judge has granted a restraining order temporarily barring the release of additional undercover videos directed against Planned Parenthood officials.

The order was in response to pleadings by the National Abortion Federation, which alleged that a pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress, had recorded its footage in an unethical and unlawful manner, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III, an Obama appointee,  issued the temporary restraining order Friday in San Francisco.

The federation says the center infiltrated its meetings and recorded its members. The group says release of any audio or video would put providers in danger.

In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent the temporary restraining order.

The Center for Medical Progress has previously released videos showing Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the use of aborted fetuses for research.

“The safety and security of our members is our top priority,” said the NAF’s president, Vicki Saporta. “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.”

According to Twitchy:

Judge Orrick, a “huge Democratic donor” and bundler for President Obama, was appointed by President Obama to the bench after a recommendation from Planned Parenthood cheerleader Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Orrick’s judgeship was approved by the Senate in 2013 after a lengthy confirmation battle by a vote of 56-41, with GOP Senators Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voting to confirm.


The center responded with its own statement Friday.

“The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work,” the group said. “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,” the organization added.

The center has released four undercover videos so far — the latest on Tuesday — each depicting Planned Parenthood executives bartering for the sale of harvested organs of aborted fetuses.

The Senate will vote Monday on a measure to totally defund Planned Parenthood, which receives in excess of a half-billion dollars in federal funds.

The White House has threatened to veto any attempt by Congress to defund the abortion giant, prompting these tweets:

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106 thoughts on “Obama-appointed judge, and reported bundler for president, halts release of Planned Parenthood videos

  1. SD2AUS says:

    Wait a minute, back in the day while abortion clinics were being protested, basically blocking a client’s entrance, identifying who the Medical Doctor were that worked at/in the clinics performing abortions…somehow that is a much more personal “threat to safety” and yet allowed. Appears to be a specific protection here, one of money and clout. HOW the video was obtained is not a “legal question” in this case. Kinda like any other videos taken in public-there is no right to privacy-again a legal question only if in Court. Planned Parenthood has been exposed to criminal activity in the videos. To stand behind what was said by their employees is enough to shut it down now; why should any tax money go there as they condone criminal acts.

  2. stinkerbean says:

    If these judges can’t do their jobs impeach them and charge them with whatever. If they can’t do their jobs then they need to go find a new one. I don’t care if they are dumbacrat or repub. Tired of injustice. They signed an oath and they better start following it.

  3. Shadow14US says:

    They just need to go over his head to a judge with integrity, granted that may be a stretch, but hopefully they can find someone to overrule him.

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