Planned Parenthood: If you can’t silence them, gag them

courtroom, gavel
courtroom, gavel

The Planned Parenthood saga just never seems to end. We previously reported that Planned Parenthood attempted to silence the media with a letter-writing campaign asking media outlets not to play the videos being released by The Center for Medical Progress.

Now we learn from ABCNews that an LA Superior Court has essentially issued a gag order preventing further release of videos containing StemExpress (the specimen collection entity) officials until a court hearing on August 19.

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.

StemExpress must not be aware of the 1st Amendment and the concept of “free press.” It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since it is being heard in the Socialist Republic of California where artistic expression usually trumps all else. But what happens when that artistic expression casts an unfavorable light on women’s reproductive rights?

And can a local county superior court really gag someone at a federal level? So many questions to be answered. We’d love to hear from some of you legal eagles out there on how this works. Send us an email or comment below.




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