Judge: Planned Parenthood Probe Video Can Be Released to Congress

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that the pro-life Center for Medical Progress may comply with a congressional subpoena for undercover video footage related to its Planned Parenthood investigation despite a temporary restraining order.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick III said he would allow the center to honor the subpoena issued by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, overriding the objections of the National Abortion Federation, which requested the restraining order.

At the same time, Judge Orrick ordered the center’s executive director, David Daleiden, to provide the same unedited video footage, documents and communications provided to Congress to the federation, which has sued the center over videos made by its undercover investigators at NAF annual meetings.

“I issued the [temporary restraining order] because defendants, after entering into nondisclosure agreements with NAF under false pretenses, clearly breached the agreements not to disclose information learned at NAF’s annual meetings,” Judge Orrick said in his order.

He said he remains “concerned about the threat of irreparable injury to the privacy rights of NAF’s members,” but he concluded that “disclosure to a congressional committee is not ‘public disclosure.’”