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The Center for Medical Progress Appeals Gag Order to the Supreme Court

By Cassy Fiano
Live Action News - August 3, 2017

Two years ago, Judge William Orrick granted an injunction against the Center for Medical Progress, putting in place a gag just hours after the National Abortion Federation filed a lawsuit to prevent undercover videos filmed inside one of their conferences from being released. Despite being a blatant attack on free speech, Orrick later extended the ban, and has since held David Daleiden and his attorneys, Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, in contempt of court. Now, Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress are firing back.

Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress filed a petition for writ of certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, with the intent of appealing the gag order Orrick placed against them.

The petition points out that an order designed to suppress speech has never been upheld before, and suggests that it was put into place specifically to keep the public from the information revealed in the videos. “Judge Orrick’s gag order, issued at the behest of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, is an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by a clearly biased federal judge,” Daleiden said. “Judge Orrick even wants to press his gag order in the California Attorney General’s bogus criminal case against me — though he, NAF, and Planned Parenthood insist the gag order only applies to my defense, and not to the Attorney General’s bogus prosecution.”

Full article at Live Action News

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