It didn’t take long for a federal judge to block some of the Planned Parenthood footage — and now we may know why. According to records, federal Judge William Orrick has an interesting political connection to the man who once said, “God bless Planned Parenthood.” Not only was he appointed by this President but, as documents show, raised $200,000 for Obama’s campaign.
The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway uncovered the link over the weekend and suggested that maybe Judge William Orrick’s deep ties to the most pro-abortion President in history had something to do with his unusually quick ruling. Within hours of filing the restraining order, the National Abortion Federation celebrated Orrick’s decision to suppress the footage.
Unfortunately for the White House and friends, the courts can’t keep a lid on CMP’s videos forever. As Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky points out, pro-lifers have other ways to bypass President’s truth police. “No federal or state judge,” he explains, “has the authority to prevent a congressional committee from holding a hearing at which witnesses — like representatives of CMP — testify about their experiences or where the committee presents evidence it has obtained such as the undercover videos, which could also be posted on the committee’s website.” This, he explains, may be one option for guaranteeing that the public sees all the evidence against an organization that their tax dollars keep afloat.
Meanwhile, Congress may be going away — but the Planned Parenthood issue isn’t. When the Senate breaks for August recess this Friday, the political pressure cooker will only get hotter back home when members hear from unhappy voters firsthand. Even moderate Republicans like Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) seemed to acknowledge that Congress had a lot more work to do to protect the integrity of taxpayer dollars — and human beings. Despite having a bipartisan majority to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday, the Senate couldn’t overcome the 60-vote procedural hurdle enjoyed by the Richards’s supporters, who continue to be unmoved by the spine-chilling revelations.
That vote, Cornyn insisted, “isn’t the end of it. This will be the beginning.” Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has a long track record of fighting the abortion industry’s corruption, agreed. “This almost certainly becomes part of any final decision about how to move forward on funding. There will be a larger discussion on this.”
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SOURCE: Family Research Council