SAN FRANCISCO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pro-life advocate, David Daleiden, is filing a motion to disqualify a federal judge, alleging he is prejudiced due to his abortion industry connections.
In July 2015, Federal Judge William H. Orrick issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), suppressing an investigative video released by Daleiden and the Center of Medical Progress (CMP). This video shows Planned Parenthood is trafficking aborted baby parts.
Daleiden further maintains that Orrick may be influenced by his wife, Caroline, who has publicly shown herself on social media to be an abortion activist, even calling the CPM videos "an act of domestic terrorism."
Orrick maintained the videos may damage the business and reputation of abortion providers and leaves those in the abortion industry open to "intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy and injury to reputation," adding it was "in the public interest" to keep the contents of the video secret.
In the complaint, Daleiden is maintaining new information has become available showing Orrick has a "long-standing relationship" with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.
Orrick had been on the board of directors for the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center (GSFRC), an organization in San Francisco that maintains it helps Latino families. He noted on a senate judiciary committee questionnaire that he ceased to be on the organization's board of directors in 1999 and noted he "assisted" the GSFRC on "many legal issues" from 1986–2009.
The pro-life advocate learned in January 2017 that Orrick had assisted the board as secretary in 2001 while the GSFRC entered into a "key partnership" with Planned Parenthood, providing space in its facilities and a receptionist for an abortion referral service.
Records also show that after Orrick handed down the restraining order against the CMP videos, he continued to be publicly associated with GSFRC. The complaint goes on to say, "At no time did Judge Orrick disclose to Defendants that he sat on the board of an organization that had as a 'key partner' an organization Defendants alleged, both in public statements and as part of their defense, was involved in violations of state and federal law."
It continues, "Judge Orrick did not disclose his close and long-standing relationship with an organization that houses a facility and hosts Planned Parenthood staff, whom NAF claims are in physical danger from 'anti-abortion extremists' incited by Defendants."
Orrick was nominated to the federal court by President Barack Obama and appointed in 2013. He personally donated $30,000 and helped to raise over $200,000 towards Obama's election in the 2008 presidential campaign.
During his senate confirmation hearing he promised he would never let his personal politics influence, declaring "politics have no place in the courtroom."
More recently he has been involved in the ongoing illegal immigration crisis when he put an injunction on an executive order issued by President Trump in January. The order would remove federal funding from cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.