A local court in Los Angeles has issued a restraining order barring the Center for Medical Progress from releasing a video show executives of StemExpress discussing the purchase of fetal body parts.
StemExpress is a middleman in the fetal body parts selling industry, purchasing parts from Planned Parenthood and selling them to researchers.
The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
The Center for Medical Progress has released three surreptitiously recorded videos to date that have riled anti-abortion activists. The Senate is expected to vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood in the aftermath of the videos’ release.
In a statement Wednesday, center leader David Daleiden said StemExpress was using “meritless litigation” to cover up an “illegal baby parts trade.”