SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers’ association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of aPlanned Parenthood leader.
Judge William Orrick issued a temporary restraining order on Friday against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.
In his three-page order, Judge Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order “in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.”
The National Abortion Federation sued in federal court in San Francisco, alleging that the Center for Medical Progress infiltrated its meetings and recorded its members. The group says release of any audio or video would put members in danger.
“The safety and security of our members is our top priority,” Vicki Saporta, association president and chief executive, said in a statement. “That security has been compromised by the illegal activities of a group with ties to those who believe it is justifiable to murder abortion providers.”
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