SAN FRANCISCO, August 4, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - A federal court is continuing to block video exposés showing the abortion industry trafficking in fetal body parts.
Federal district court judge William Orrick Monday extended his ban on the release of video footage shot undercover by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The videos include information gathered at annual National Abortion Federation (NAF) conferences in Baltimore and San Francisco.
The NAF claimed it would suffer harassment, intimidation and violence if the videos were released, and the court agreed. Orrick issued the emergency restraining order this past Friday prohibiting the release of recordings, names, addresses or dates concerning the NAF gathered at these conferences.
Following a hearing on Monday, Orrick agreed to keep the temporary order in place until a hearing on August 27, where the NAF's request for a permanent injunction on the videos will be heard.
Orrick was appointed by Obama and has contributed financially to his campaign, raising $200,000 for his presidential run. And recent media have revealed his wife, Caroline Orrick, is a supporter of extreme abortion policies. Her YouTube account shows that the first video she ever "liked" was produced by an extreme pro-abortion group called the Center for Reproductive Justice.
The celebrity-filled video called for people to sign a "bill of rights" asserting a right to abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. It further demands taxpayer funding of contraception, abortifacients and abortion.
On Facebook, among the groups she "likes" is one called "Keep America Pro-Choice." Recent posts by the page include support for Planned Parenthood, attacks on pro-lifers, and, most interestingly, defenses of harvesting organs from aborted babies.
Brian Chavez-Ochoa, the lawyer representing the Center for Medical Progress, said after the hearing that the group would obey the order. Chavez-Ochoa said the blocked videos represent "a small percentage" of the information the Center has secretly gathered on abortion providers, and that it will release additional videos unrelated to the NAF.