Friday, a Kane County Circuit Court judge denied Planned Parenthood of Illinois and its former head Steve Trombley a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against them by the Thomas More Society. The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood lied when it tried to tie the Pro-Life Action League to violence in four separate public communications.
Planned Parenthood bought full page ads in the Daily Herald and Aurora Beacon News suggesting the Pro-Life Action League had a "well documented history of advocating violence." The ad included a photo of a bombed-out abortion clinic in Michigan.
The first ad, which ran in the Beacon on September 6, 2007, was followed by a “cease and desist” letter from the Thomas More Society on behalf their clients. This letter demanded a “prompt and public retraction of false, libelous, and malicious statements.” Planned Parenthood responded with an ad that was more inflammatory and accusatory than the original.
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