Corr Cronin Wins Injunction Protecting the Privacy and Safety of Women’s Health Workers
Serving as pro bono counsel after a referral from ACLU’s national office, Corr Cronin’s David Edwards and Mallory Satre have obtained an important preliminary injunction against the release of the identities of persons involved in fetal tissue donations for research at the University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Laboratory. Corr Cronin, in cooperation with Legal Voice and Stoel Rives, filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Washington, titled Jane Does 1-10 et al v. University of Washington et al, seeking an injunction against the release of documents sought by pro-life activists under Washington’s Public Records Act that could be used to harass and endanger persons working in fetal tissue research and serving at women’s health clinics. Judge James L. Robart held that the Plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits and that their personally identifiable information was constitutionally protected from release. The preliminary injunction prevents the University of Washington from releasing records related to fetal tissue research without redacting out the personally identifiable information of those involved.