For Immediate Release
Statement in Support of Planned Parenthood Lawsuit
WASHINGTON - Today, with our full support, our partners at Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), BioMax Procurement Services, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and others, seeking to hold them accountable at law for their dangerous smear campaign against providers of abortion care. The National Abortion Federation (NAF) filed a lawsuit against CMP, Biomax, Daleiden, and Newman in July, and successfully sought and obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) in order to protect the safety and security of our members, and to prevent the defendants from releasing confidential information they illegally obtained at NAF’s annual meetings.
“These perpetrators must be held accountable for the ways in which they committed fraud and put our members’ safety at risk,” said NAF President and CEO Vicki Saporta.
The defendants engaged in a long running conspiracy in order to gain access to abortion providers and confidential meetings. Their actions have clearly placed abortion providers at risk. Following their misleading smear campaign, we have seen an unprecedented escalation in hate speech and threats against abortion providers, including death threats.
“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our members and taking these criminals to task for their illegal activities,” said Saporta.
Outside litigation counsel for the National Abortion Federation, Morrison & Foerster’s Derek Foran, said “we are delighted Planned Parenthood is joining the legal fight NAF began last July against extremists whose conspiracy has placed NAF’s members in harm’s way, merely for working to ensure the constitutionally-guaranteed right of women in this country to make their own reproductive choices.”
The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women.