Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last minute “emergency” application by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) to avoid turning over the names of all the people with whom they shared NAF’s confidential information.
CMP filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court after the Ninth Circuit affirmed yesterday that they must comply with previous district court orders and turn over the names as part of the discovery in the case. The district court has described CMP and David Daleiden’s conduct in litigation as a “shell game” and an effort on their part to “hide the ball.” Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit held that the individuals in question were “intimately involved in the planning and funding of the Center’s alleged conspiracy” and ordered CMP to comply with the district court ruling.
“The defendants have stalled as long as they can, but enough is enough,” said NAF President and CEO Vicki Saporta. “Our priority has always been the safety and security of our members, and it is critical that we know who else had access to our confidential information.”
This is the third time in two months that defendants have been ordered to turn over this information. CMP and Daleiden are required to turn over the names to NAF’s counsel by midnight tonight.
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Alissa Manzoeillo, National Abortion Federation
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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 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.