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Repro Rights Groups Ask Court to Reconsider Nuremberg Files Decision

The Feminist Majority Foundation and its National Clinic Access Project (NCAP) filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to “reconsider” its March 28 ruling that the web site known as the Nuremberg Files is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. The site posts abortion providers’ addresses and other personal information ion “Wanted”-style posters. The brief, filed on behalf of FMF and NCAP, NARAL, the NARAL Foundation, California NARAL, Montana NARAL, Washington State NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, the National Organization for Women Foundation, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Women’s Health Foundation, Northwest Women’s Law Center, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and the Women’s Law Project requests an en banc review of the decision – a review before the full 9th Circuit Court. The brief argues that District Court and jury findings, as well as past 9th Circuit Court rulings, mandate an interpretation of the Nuremberg Files website, the “Wanted” posters and the “Deadly Dozen” list as legitimate threats against abortion providers in violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The American Medical Association filed its own amicus brief last week, also requesting a review of the 9th Circuit decision. Forty-three members of Congress have done the same.

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Reuters Health News Ð April 20, 2001 and Feminist Majority Foundation, Amicus Brief, Planned Parenthood et. al. v. American Coalition of Life Activists et. al.