Troy Newman, the president of the radical anti-choice organization Operation Rescue, was scheduled to embark on a ten-day speaking tour in Australia. An Australian lawmaker raised concerns that the visit would contribute to the “harassment and intimidation” of women looking to access reproductive health care.
In a decisive victory, the National Abortion Federation can now obtain a preliminary injunction blocking the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any further videos containing alleged stolen information.
The Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice front group behind a series of videos spreading misinformation about Planned Parenthood, published an eighth video on Tuesday, which included extensive misuse of a common medical term.
Sitting in the shadows of CMP’s high-profile video campaign is a lesser-known strategy abortion opponents have employed for decades—to cut off access to abortion directly at the source by trying to shut down existing Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and prevent new ones from opening.
A careful review of the Center for Medical Progress’ footage and the accompanying transcript makes clear that CMP’s central claims were wrong, and also that what the group left out of its edited work was just as important as what it included.
The National Abortion Federation filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prohibit the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-choice organization behind a campaign to defame Planned Parenthood, from making public any video or audio recordings and materials of NAF educational meetings.
The videos released by CMP show quite definitively that Planned Parenthood is not engaged in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. They also show something else, something that CMP likely did not intend—that their own coordinated attack violated a host of laws.
The secretive anti-choice organization Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a second undercover video Tuesday. The group claims that the footage shows a Planned Parenthood official “haggling” over the price of fetal tissue.
Complaints, pickets, frivolous lawsuits, none of those can stop Trust Women from reopening the clinic closed since Dr. George Tiller’s murder.
It may be time for a FACE Act for polling locations.