National Abortion Federation v. Center for Medical Progress

Anti-abortion organization allegedly infiltrates meetings of pro-choice group, secretly films the meetings, then edits those films to inaccurately portray pro-choice folks as participants in the unlawful sale of fetal remains. Pro-choice group sues, and the district court preliminarily enjoins the anti-abortion group from disseminating the films. But the anti-abortion group, its founder, and its lawyers (in a different case) keep making the videos available on YouTube. Civil contempt sanctions ensue in the form of $195k to be paid by the anti-abortion group (and its founder and lawyers) to the pro-choice group. And because that order is not a final judgment, we lack jurisdiction to review it at this time, says the Ninth Circuit.

Tags: 2019, Abortion, Jurisdiction, Ninth Circuit

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