Society files Anti-SLAPP motion to fend off National Abortion Federation’s attempts to shut down Daleiden’s Free Speech rights
Thomas More Society attorneys are helping to defend David Daleiden, investigative journalist who produced the Planned Parenthood exposé videos, against civil RICO charges which are pending before the federal district court in San Francisco. The Society has filed an Anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of Daleiden and his pair of affiliated entities, the Center for Medical Progress and Biomax Procurement Services LLC, in that proceeding, which is ongoing.
The Anti-SLAPP action is a legal response to an arguably legally baseless effort on the part of the plaintiff, the National Abortion Federation, whose objective is allegedly to deny Daleiden his First Amendment free speech rights. Following Daleiden’s release of whistleblowing videos depicting Planned Parenthood’s and Stem Express’s (and others’) roles in illegal harvesting and selling fetal body parts for profit, as well as violating laws against partial birth abortion, killing of born alive infants, and altering abortion procedures so as to enhance possibilities for securing “intact fetal cadavers,” the National Abortion Federation sued Daleiden and his affiliated entities, as well as Operation Rescue head Troy Newman (represented by separate counsel), under the federal Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), a 1970 federal law which was designed to combat organized crime, as well as under another twelve California state law claims.
The Thomas More Society was formed back in 1997 in order to continue the marathon efforts of its founding attorney, Tom Brejcha, to defend against the abortion industry’s earlier effort to use RICO vs. the pro-life movement in NOW v. Scheidler, a national class action lawsuit. NOW v. Scheidler was prosecuted in Chicago and pended from 1986 until just last year when the Society won the case definitively after 28 years and three trips to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Background on David Daleiden’s case and copies of legal filings are available here (click below links):