FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 31 2015
Alissa Manzoeillo, National Abortion Federation
202.667.5881, ext 219; 202.595.4395 (after hours/cell)
Hayley Home, Morrison & Foerster LLP
415.268.6021; 916.402.2864 (cell)
Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against CMP Until Monday Hearing
This afternoon a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Biomax Procurement Services LLC, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), David Daleiden, and Troy Newman from releasing recordings and materials they illegally obtained at NAF’s educational meetings, pending a hearing scheduled for Monday.
Judge William H. Orrick said in his ruling:
“I GRANT NAF’s Ex Parte Motion, pending a hearing on Monday, August 3. Based on the record before me, I find that NAF is likely to prevail on the merits of its claims, the balance of hardships tips in its favor, 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.”
“We are grateful that the judge recognized the serious threat against NAF members and the necessity of this restraining order,” said Vicki Saporta, NAF President and CEO. “Our members can rest easier this weekend knowing that they are protected.”
The suit, National Abortion Federation (NAF) v. Biomax Procurement Services LLC, The Center For Medical Progress, David Daleiden (Aka “Robert Sarkis”), and Troy Newman, was filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include individuals, private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for approximately half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia.