A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the release of recordings made at meetings between Planned Parenthood and the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos which have sparked a heated national debate on the ethics and legality of destroying the chances of future Democratic candidates to make abortion a winning election issue as they have in previous presidential races.
Obama-appointed judge in, William H. Orrick III, issued the temporary restraining order on Friday, granting a motion filed by the Democratic National Committee just hours before.
In a three-page document, Judge Orrick wrote that, absent a temporary restraining order, the Democratic Party would likely suffer irreparable political injury “in the form of media exposure, injury to reputation, loss of generous donations, and political defeat at the polls.” According to the judge, any future videos released so close to the elections could rally voters against the single winning issue the Democrats have left, and that could jeopardize the integrity of the democratic process, which is characterized by an unobstructed ability of voters to elect Democratic candidates.
The Democratic National Committee sued in federal court, alleging that the Center for Medical Progress infiltrated meetings of its core constituents and recorded confidential information that wasn’t meant for the American voters to find out. The DNC claims release of any audio or video would put Democrat politicians in danger of losing elections and would permanently impair their ability to raise funds for future political campaigns.
“The DNC has made it clear how important it is that everything about the harvesting and selling of baby organs for profit remain strictly on a need-to-know basis,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement.
“Our top priority is the safety and security of our seats in Congress and all levels and branches of government,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. “That security has been compromised by the illegal activities of a group with ties to those who believe it is justifiable to oppose the progressive agenda, or even to elect a Republican into the White House.”
Orrick on Friday also blocked the Center for Medical Progress from releasing the names and Democratic Party affiliation of Planned Parenthood members, as well as the dates and addresses of any future Democratic fundraisers, speeches, townhall meetings, and elections to local and federal government offices.
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