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Sb 1338 120517 Order - Writ Denied for Life Legal Defense Foundation

Sb 1338 120517 Order - Writ Denied for Life Legal Defense Foundation

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FILED
ALAMEDA
COUNTY
MAY
1,
2012
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SUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFCALIFORNIA
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FORTHECOUNTYOFALAMEDALIFELEGALDEFENSEFOUNDATION,Plaintiff,
vs.
UNIVERSITYOFCALIFORNIABOARDOFREGENTS,etalDefendants.RG12-625716ORDERDENYINGPETITIONFORWRITOFMANDATEDate:May
10,2012
Time:10:30amDept:
31
Thepetition
of
PetitionerLifeLegalDefenseFoundation("LifeLegal")forawrit
of
mandatetocompelproduction
of
documentsunderthePublicRecordsActcameonregularlyforhearingonMay10,2012,inDepartment
31
of
thisCourt,JudgeEvelioGrillopresiding.PetitionerappearedbycounselKatherineShort.DefendanttheRegents
of
theUniversity
of
Califomia(the"Regents")appearedbycounselMargaretWu.TheCourthavingconsideredthepleadingsandargumentssubmittedinsupport
of
andinoppositiontothemotion,andgoodcauseappearing,itisherebyORDEREDthatthepetition
of
LifeLegalforawrit
of
mandatetocompelproduction
of
documentsunderthePublicRecordsActisDENIED.
1
 
BACKGROUNDFACTSThe
University
of
California,SanFrancisco
BixbyCenter
forReproductiveHealth,sponsored
the
HealthWorkforcePilotProject
#177
(the"Project")toevaluate
the
training
and
use
of
nursepractitioners,certifiednursemidwife,
andphysician
assistants("Clinicians')toperformfirsttrimesterabortions.Clinicians
were
advisedthat"Participationinresearch
may
involvealoss
of
privacy,
but
informationaboutyou
andthe
patients
you
servewill
be
handledasconfidentially
and
securelyaspossible."
(Wu
Dec.,
Exh
D,
page309.)
On
January27,2012,LifeLegalrequested
ten
categories
of
documents.(Petition,
Exh
A.)
As
of
the
hearing
on
this
motion
onlyonegeneralcategory
of
information
remainsat
issue,
thenames
of
allphysicians,clinicians,
and
stakeholders
who
participated
in
the
Project.(RequestsNo.6-8,identified
at
Petition,paras6
and
15.)
Life
Legalalsosoughtinformation
concerning
accountingrecords
and
protocols.(Requests
No.3
and
9,identified
at
Petition,paras6and15.)
The
Regentsrepresentsthatithasproduced
that
information,andLifeLegaldoes
not
contest
that
assertion
in
itsreplybrief.LifeLegalseeks
thenames
of
physicians,clinicians,
and
stakeholders
who
participated
in
the
ProjecttodeveloptestimonyrelevanttoSB1338,
whichwhen
thepetition
was
filed
waspendingin
theCaliforniaStateSenate
and
wouldpermit
non-physicianstrained
under
theProjecttoperformfirsttrimesterabortions.LifeLegalasserts
thatthe
identity
of
theindividualparticipantsisimportantbecausetheCalifornialegislature
cannot
fullyevaluate
the
proposedlegislationwithout2
 
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havinginformationabouttheindividualswhoparticipatedinprovidingthetrainingandwhoreceivedthetraining.!THEMERITSLifeLegalassertsasinglecause
of
actionundertheCaliforniaPublicRecordsAct,Gov.Code6252,tocompeltheRegentstoprovidethenames
of
allparticipatingCliniciansintheResearchStudy.TheRegentsassertsthatthenames
of
theCliniciansarecoveredbyseveralexceptionstothePublicRecordsAct,specificallyGov.Codesections6255(a),6254(c),and6254(k).Section6255(a)istheprimarystatuteatissue,anditpermitsanagencytowithholdanyrecord"bydemonstrating...thatonthefacts
of
theparticularcasethepublicinterestservedbynotdisclosingtherecordclearlyoutweighsthepublicinterestservedbydisclosure
of
therecord.""Thiscatchallexemptioncontemplatesacase-by-casebalancingprocess,withtheburden
of
proofontheproponent
of
nondisclosuretodemonstrateaclearoverbalanceontheside
of
confidentiality
....
Theagencyopposingdisclosurebearstheburden
of
provingthatanexemptionapplies."
(County
of
SantaClara
v.
SuperiorCourt
(2009)170Cal.AppAth1301,1321.)Thereisasubstantialpublicinterestinmattersconcerningthecircumstancesunderwhichwomencandecidetoterminatepregnancies,the!
SB
1338failedtopasstheSenateBusiness,ProfessionsandEconomicDevelopmentCommitteeonApril26,wasscheduledforarehearingonMay
7,
2012,andthatthebill'ssponsorrequestedcancellation
of
thesecondhearing.Thebill'sprogressappearstobestalled,butatthehearingLifeLegalnotedthatthelack
of
ascheduledhearingdoesnotmeanthatthebillhasbeendropped.
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