Life Legal Files Brief with Ninth Circuit in Daleiden Case

The Life Legal Defense Foundation has filed a joint opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of National Abortion Federation (NAF) v. Daleiden.

NAF sued David Daleiden to prevent the release of hundreds of hours of video footage exposing the abortion cartel’s willingness to engage in criminal activities. A federal judge granted NAF’s motion for a preliminary injunction to suppress the footage. Life Legal is now appealing that ruling.

Life Legal’s brief argues that Daleiden’s video recordings included discussions of the sale of fetal body parts for profit and NAF’s other illegal, unethical, and shocking practices that are “unquestionably a matter of legitimate public interest.”

“If we were talking about undercover videos exposing illegal and inhumane activity at a meatpacking plant, there would be no lawsuit,” notes Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “Everyone would be thanking the investigators for their public service. Here we are talking about inhumane—and inhuman—activities involving human babies. These activities are subsidized by American taxpayers, who have a right to know the extent of the callous disregard for human life displayed by the National Abortion Federation.”

In a recent meatpacking plant case, a court found that undercover video investigations “advance core First Amendment values by exposing misconduct to the public eye and facilitating dialogue on issues of considerable public interest. This type of politically-salient speech is precisely the type of speech the First Amendment was designed to protect.” Life Legal couldn’t agree more.