Temporary Restraining Order Extended Against Anti-Abortion Group
August 3, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 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)
Today, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California extended NAF’s temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining Biomax Procurement Services LLC, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), David Daleiden, and Troy Newman from releasing confidential information they obtained at NAF’s annual meetings. This TRO will be in effect until a preliminary injunction hearing, which has been scheduled for August 27.
In his ruling Judge William H. Orrick said:
“Critically, the parties do not disagree about NAF’s central allegations: defendants assumed false identities, created a fake company, and lied to NAF in order to obtain access to NAF’s annual meetings and gain private information about its members….They [defendants] unquestionably breached their agreements with NAF…The evidence presented by NAF, including that defendants’ recent dissemination of videos of and conversations with NAF affiliates has led to harassment and death threats for the individuals in those videos, is sufficient to show irreparable injury for the purposes of the temporary restraining order.”
“We are grateful to Judge Orrick for extending the temporary restraining order,” said NAF President and CEO Vicki Saporta. “Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our members and taking these criminals to task for their illegal activities.”
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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.