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SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 3, 2021 (Operation Rescue) – Attorneys with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), who represent Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, filed an appeal brief last week with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.   The appeal seeks a reversal of a hefty $16 million total judgment brought against him and three co-defendants in a retaliatory lawsuit from Planned Parenthood after an undercover journalism project exposed their involvement in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby body parts.

Newman’s 68-page brief was one of four appeals briefs filed in the Planned Parenthood case. The other briefs were submitted by attorneys for Newman co-defendants David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, and Albin Rhomberg.

Newman’s attorneys argue that the jury erred in finding Newman culpable for violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law while consulting on the three-year undercover investigation into the sale of aborted baby remains by Planned Parenthood, members of the National Abortion Federation, and other abortionists. 

They also argue that Newman’s Constitutional Rights were violated when the jury was allowed to draw 20 negative inferences from invocations of Fifth Amendment privilege by Newman, despite clear court precedence that states no negative inferences can be drawn from invoking the Fifth Amendment.  Newman’s attorneys also argue that some of the adverse inferences were not supported by evidence presented during the trial.

Newman served as a board member for the Center for Medical Progress, which conducted the undercover investigation that recorded public conversations with Planned Parenthood executives and others that revealed discussions about the sale of aborted baby tissues and organs. Once the videos were released beginning in July 2015, Planned Parenthood launched a manipulative public relations campaign that attacked the videos as being “fake” and “deceptively edited.” 

However, at the time of trial last fall, Planned Parenthood admitted in court that the undercover footage was indeed authentic. Nevertheless, attorneys for all four defendants were prohibited from making any defense based on the veracity of the videos.

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PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):

With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.

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PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):

In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.

Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.

In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”

We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.

PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):

Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)

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In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.

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More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred. 

It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it. 

Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved. 

However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.

According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.

We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.

Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God's children have a right to life.

Roe v. Wade must come to an end!

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During the Trump administration, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was transformed from the most liberal and most overturned court in the country to one that is more ideologically balanced.  This has given Newman new hope that he and all the other pro-life defendants in this case may be given an opportunity to receive impartial justice.

“I am grateful to Ed White and the rest of my ACLJ legal team for my excellent defense throughout this case. I look forward to the outcome of this appeal and expect that I will be fully exonerated either by the Ninth Circuit or by the U.S. Supreme Court, should the case get that far,” said Newman.  

“I am proud of the work done by the Center for Medical Progress in exposing the unethical – and likely illegal – activity committed by Planned Parenthood. That work launched a national conversation about the immorality of trafficking in aborted baby remains.  Even though we did nothing wrong, Planned Parenthood sought retaliation against the four of us through the courts. Justice in this case would be a reversal of all claims against us all.”

Read Newman’s Opening Appeal Brief

Editor’s note: The article first appeared at Operation Rescue here. It is republished on LifeSiteNews by permission.

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