SCOTUS: Shutting Down Investigative Reporters, Gov't Power Overreach
WASHINGTON, DC: Over the last few years, a number of undercover investigations of the abortion industry have revealed an entire industry of fetal tissue procurement that works hand in hand with abortion providers. The videos show abortion providers discussing practices such a profiting from the sale of baby body parts and altering abortion methods to procure fetal specimens.
One such group, the Center for Medical Progress, released these videos, which led to a two-year congressional investigation resulting in multiple criminal and regulatory referrals. After the release of the videos, the National Abortion Federation filed suit to stop the release of any further videos.
The trial judge granted the injunction, and the Ninth Circuit upheld. The lower courts censored CMP in large part because the videos may cause someone to threaten or harass NAF and abortion providers. CMP now seeks review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Southeastern Legal Foundation joined the Mississippi Justice Institute and the Beacon Center of Tennessee in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to accept review of the case which has far reaching implications and violates the First Amendment. Under the lower courts’ reasoning, government can restrict the flow of information and use censorship to control thought. Applied to other situations, the case could be used to shut down groups like Project Veritas who unmasked the coordination between the Clinton campaign and nonprofit organizations to initiate conflict and themselves incite violence.
Click here for SCOTUS amicus brief