Oh, the complicated lives that anti-choice groups weave.
You remember those “sting” videos published earlier this year, no? The group that obtained them broke at least one confidentiality agreement with the National Abortion Federation and committed identity fraud. Not surprisingly, the NAF decided to sue the group. Things aren’t going well; three attempts to avoid disclosing the names of the people behind the scenes have been denied.
It doesn’t help that this same anti-choice organization had no problems complying with a similar subpoena from Congress. Not only did they comply, in fact, they added extra footage that wasn’t asked for, shouldn’t have been shared, and was subsequently leaked.
Complete raw footage from the Planned Parenthood videos surfaced Thursday on the conservative website Got News?, whose editor said he had gotten it from a House staffer despite lawmakers’ pledge to keep it confidential.
Editor Charles Johnson released the full footage Thursday even after the National Abortion Federation got a temporary restraining order a day earlier prohibiting any dissemination. Johnson vowed to “contest any unconstitutional prior restraint of speech.”
Funny thing: said “journalist” later admitted the source was anonymous, and they had no idea if it was a Congress staffer. The NAF suspects the overly generous response was a ruse, so that the anti-choice group could leak the video they were blocked from sharing and pin the blame on Congress.
If this all sounds rather shady, it should. Civil disobedience to a law you disagree with does not give you carte blanche to disobey all laws. That’s not civil, that’s anarchy. Either this and similar anti-choice groups believe they live under a totalitarian state where the entire system is unfair, or they shouldn’t be subject to the same laws as the rest of us.
The end result is the same; in the words of the judge presiding over the case, this group “is attempting to hide the ball, contrary to my prior Orders. It’s time to end this shell game.”
And within minutes of me pushing “Publish,” Imani Gandy posted an even more comprehensive summary of the situation. It’s long, but well worth your time.