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“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
- Please pray for Marian Leonard who has been moved into isolation in an Alabama nursing home. We are very concerned that the guardian may order the facility to withdraw care, including nutrition and hydration.
- July 30: Marian Leonard visitation hearing.
- August 5: Briefing due in Fonseca v. Smith, et.al. (CA). Life Legal is actually the co-plaintiff in this case along with Jonee Fonseca, the mother of Israel Stinson, who suffered a severe brain injury in a California hospital after an asthma attack. We are suing to challenge California’s brain death statute, as the hospital said the law required it to forcibly remove Israel’s life support without his parents’ consent. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently requested additional briefing in the case.
- September 3: Preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior Court in California criminal case against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged Daleiden and Merritt with fourteen counts of felony eavesdropping and one count of conspiracy to eavesdrop after they recorded Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of baby body parts.
- September 19: Trial in United States v. Moscinski, et. al. involving four Red Rose Rescuers were convicted of trespassing at a Washington, DC abortion clinic run by notorious late-term abortionist Steven Brigham.
- September 30: Trial in Planned Parenthood v. Center for Medical Progress. Planned Parenthood sued David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), and CMP board members individually after a series of videos were released showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the trafficking of aborted baby parts. PP is seeking tens of millions in damages.
- Passmore v. 21st Century Oncology (FL): Sally Passmore and Paula Thybault were fired for their pro-life views. The judge granted the other side’s motion for summary judgment, meaning the case has been dismissed. We are evaluating further legal options at this time.
- Ron K. (CA): 40 Days leader Ron K. was attacked outside Planned Parenthood in San Francisco in March. The assailant tried to steal Ron’s 40 Days for Life banner while using his bicycle to shove Ron to the ground and then violently kicking Ron yelling, “Stay down, old man.” We are working with San Francisco police on the investigation, but so far the suspect has not been apprehended.
- Planned Parenthood v. Daleiden et al. (CA): In January 2016, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a number of PP affiliates sued David Daleiden and several of his fellow investigators in federal court, for the express purpose of punishing them for their investigative work exposing PP’s role in the sale of baby parts. After two years of written discovery, depositions, and expert witness discovery, both sides have filed motions for summary judgment, which were heard on July 17. We are waiting for a final ruling from the judge on our motion.
- Ahn v. Hestrin (CA): Proponents of physician-assisted suicide, unsuccessful for twenty years in passing legislation during regular sessions, took advantage of an abbreviated review process in an emergency legislative session called to address Medi-Cal funding shortfalls to push through passage of the End of Life Option Act. Life Legal filed a challenge in June 2016 on behalf of six doctors and the American Academy of Medical Ethics asserting that the Act was passed in violation of California’s constitution and that the Act removes crucial legal protections from sick and vulnerable patients that are enjoyed by other Californians. On May 25, 2018, Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled in favor of Life Legal and struck down the End of Life Option Act as unconstitutional. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the George Soros-funded pro-suicide group “Compassion and Choices” appealed and were granted a stay temporarily reinstating the Act. California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals found Life Legal’s plaintiffs lack standing, and the California Supreme Court denied Life Legal’s petition for review. The case now returns to the trial court to determine whether the Plaintiffs can allege sufficient new facts to establish their standing to challenge the law.
- Alabama Board of Medical Examiners (BME) (Alabama) — Life Legal filed complaint against abortionist Willie Parker. Sexual misconduct allegations recently surfaced against Parker calling into question his treatment of women. A complaint was also made to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The complaints ask both the BME and the ADPH to investigate the sexual assault claims to determine whether women coming under Parker’s care are in danger of predatory behavior and sexual intimidation.
- Alabama Department of Public Health (Alabama) —Life Legal sent a complaint and demand letter to the Alabama Department of Public Health (“ADPH”) seeking revocation of the abortion license ADPH issued to Planned Parenthood Birmingham after multiple violations of state and federal law were reported. We also demanded regular and consistent inspections of all abortion clinics in the state of Alabama and ensure correction of any deficiencies reported by the ADPH.
- Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK)—VICTORY: Life Legal filed an amicus brief in support of an Indiana statute that requires humane disposal of remains of babies killed through abortion. The Supreme Court upheld that provision of the statute, with Justice Clarence Thomas indicating that the court may take up another part of the law that prohibits abortions based on a baby’s sex, race, or disability.