SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has extended a restraining order that blocks an anti-abortion group from releasing any recordings that it secretly gathered at annual meetings of an abortion providers’ association.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick on Monday sided with claims by the National Abortion Federation and its members that they would suffer harassment, intimidation and even violence if the Center for Medical Progress was permitted to circulate the material.READ MORE: U.S. Supreme Court Sides With College Athletes In Key Compensation Case
The center last month released several secretly recorded videos that it claimed showed Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal.READ MORE: Crime Victims In Oakland Face Racial Inequity In State-Mandated Compensation Programs
The federation alleges that officers with the Center for Medical Progress infiltrated conferences by posing as fetal tissue buyers.
Orrick initially issued a temporary restraining order on Friday prohibiting the center from releasing recordings, names, addresses or dates from the meetings.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Fire Destroys 2 Pleasant Hill Homes; Resident Still Missing, Firefighter Suffers Burns
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