Pro-life activist David Daleiden has won a key lawsuit filed against him by the University of Washington over his public records request for documents surrounding the school’s purported status as a fetal tissue depository.
The university has agreed as part of a settlement to release 12 years of records of and pay $30,000 in fees to Daleiden’s attorneys from the Thomas More Society, The Christian Post reports.
The lawsuit was originally filed by an anonymous group of abortion and fetal tissue workers in 2016 in reaction to Daleiden’s 2016 records request, LifeSite notes.
At the time, he was seeking information under the Public Records Act relating to UW’s government-funded program as well as its relationship with abortion giant Planned Parenthood and how its activities may have been approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Daleiden is best known for his work with the Center for Medical Progress’ shocking expose on the sale and procurement of aborted fetuses for medical experimentation and has been locked in a lengthy legal battle in multiple courts over his journalistic activism.
Planned Parenthood and representatives of the university have also agreed to drop their lawsuit to prevent the release of pertinent records. Daleiden will also be dropping his cross-claim suit against UW for alleged violations of the Public Records Act.
“There’s no ‘abortion exception’ to our nation’s public records laws, and the people have a right to know how their government is run,” Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, said in a statement, the Post reported.
“We are pleased at the successful resolution of this lawsuit by settlement. That settlement secured attorney’s fees from the UW and nearly everything that David Daleiden was seeking from the UW: thousands of pages of new documents on the buying and selling of aborted fetal tissue trafficking, including job titles and all non-personal information,” he continued.
“These are public records of a taxpayer-funded program, and this settlement secures Mr. Daleiden’s rights to the documents he needs as a citizen journalist.”
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