In a scathing dissent, a Ninth Circuit judge accused the majority of kowtowing to the Trump administration and erasing decades of progress in family planning.
Revelations that Americans United for Life gave extensive support to an anti-choice smear campaign comes after a jury awarded Planned Parenthood over $2.2 million in damages in its civil lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress.
Anti-choice activist David Daleiden seemed to admit in court that he knew a previous attempt to go after Planned Parenthood with allegations of breaking fetal tissue procurement laws had been debunked.
Records read aloud in court indicate David Daleiden hoped to “ignite public outrage at Planned Parenthood” and “permanently destroy” Planned Parenthood's reputation.
A California judge on Tuesday said David Daleiden "was engaged in criminal activity irrespective of his journalistic status.”
The witness had been surreptitiously filmed in 2015 by anti-choice activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt as part of a smear campaign against abortion providers and fetal tissue researchers.
David Daleiden faces prison time if a judge greenlights a jury trial based on the footage from his 2015 propaganda videos targeting Planned Parenthood.