The following is a November 5 Thomas Aquinas College Faith in Action blog post:
When David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress first devised his plan to expose Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies, he knew he would need legal advice. So the undercover journalist turned to San Francisco’s Life Legal Defense Foundation and its co-founder and vice president, Katie Short (’80). Mrs. Short and others helped Mr. Daleiden to prepare for the inevitable legal challenges and to navigate the myriad laws in several jurisdictions.
Nearly three years later, that effort has proved to be a tremendous success, drawing national attention to Planned Parenthood’s gruesome practices and fueling a Congressional movement to strip the abortion provider of federal funding. Predictably, the abortion industry’s premier trade group, the National Abortion Federation, has struck back with a lawsuit designed to ruin Mr. Daleiden and suppress his findings. And so the young filmmaker has turned to Mrs. Short once again, asking her foundation to defend him against a fevered legal onslaught.
“We at Life Legal have fought for decades to guarantee the First Amendment rights of pro-life activists,” says Mrs. Short. “Usually this happens on a small scale right in front of an abortion mill. Now we are seeing the same drama play out on a grand scale in the public eye, as the NAF throws its resources into crushing David Daleiden’s witness. There’s really little else that they can do, as David truly has the goods on the abortion industry in general and on Planned Parenthood in particular. Only by doing our all at this crucial juncture can Life Legal keep the truth about Planned Parenthood available to the public.”
A home-schooling mother of nine children, Mrs. Short has written numerous briefs for state and federal courts, including petitions for certiorari and amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and California Supreme Court. She co-authored the text of Propositions 73, 85, and 4, California ballot initiatives aimed at requiring parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion. She additionally served as co-counsel in People’s Advocate v. ICOC, a suit challenging the constitutionality of the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the agency established by Proposition 71 to fund embryonic stem cell research.
Last week Mrs. Short was at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, leading Mr. Daleiden’s pro bono defense team during his deposition — one small step in what promises to be a lengthy, exhausting, and expensive legal battle. “The case has extremely high stakes for all participants,” says Mrs. Short’s husband, Bill (’80), a fellow attorney. “Please pray for Daleiden, the project, Katie, and the rest of the legal team, and encourage others to do so as well.”
updated November 8, 2015 at 8:48pm.
Yes let’s pray for them and show them our support. Not many people today have the guts to stand up and protect these good people who stand up against evil like planned parenthood. Few have the fight to use their gifts to fight the good fight.
Hats off, praise and applause to both Katie Short, dedicated attorney, and David Daleiden, dedicated journalist, for working so hard on behalf of truth and life itself.
Parents, please learn all you can about Thomas Aquinas College, which offered Katie Short the superb educational foundation from which she ultimately went on to study law and contribute so positively to the world. Please consider sending your children to this magnificent college if they can be accepted. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give them, and they in turn will almost surely bring so much to the world.
Yes, more good fruit from Thomas Aquinas College!
Today the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the College’s case against the Obama Administration’s HHS contraception mandate. The court consolidated several cases, including TAC’s and God willing, religious freedom will prevail!
God gives each of us a job and if we don’t do it it doesn’t get done. Thankfully here are two people who accepted God’s invitation with their talents. Also a big thank you to all the people who are working behind the scenes. God Bless You all!
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