Attorneys for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and St. Thomas More Society filed a petition for review in the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon on behalf of pro-life journalist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, asking the Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that is “obliterating” Daleiden’s First Amendment defenses against Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is suing Daleiden and CMP after they released undercover videos exposing the abortion giant’s selling of baby body parts.
As part of his defense, Daleiden filed an anti-SLAPP (“strategic lawsuits against public participation”) motion against Planned Parenthood. Anti-SLAPP laws protect individuals against powerful interest groups that might sue to intimidate and silence a person, particularly those exposing corruption or illegal actions. When a defendant files an anti-SLAPP motion, the suing party has to prove that it is not trying to suppress the person’s First Amendment rights.
In this case, Daleiden is arguing that Planned Parenthood’s massive lawsuit is nothing more than a massive campaign to silence and destroy him for exposing their illegal fetal tissue trafficking.
The Supreme Court should make a decision whether to take the case within six months.
Full story at Life Legal Defense Foundation.