Supreme Court won't review state efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court won't review state efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court won't review state efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood

Thomas further argued that the case in question had nothing to do with abortion rights and everything to do with private rights under the Medicaid Act.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., and Neil M. Gorsuch dissented, arguing that the court should have taken up the case. "We should clear it up", Thomas wrote in Gee v.

"What explains the Court's refusal to do its job here?" Thomas wrote. "I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named 'Planned Parenthood.' That makes the Court's decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion".

It only takes the votes of four justices to hear a case, which most assumed would be a given with President Donald Trump having appointed two new justices to form what has widely been called a 5-4 conservative majority. And the Fifth and Tenth Circuits subsequently ruled that Planned Parenthood and individual Medicaid recipients could challenge Louisiana and Kansas, and were likely to prevail in claims that terminating the contracts was illegal. But the Supreme Court, by not taking up the case, leaves the lower-court rulings in place.

The action is another example in which Kavanaugh has laid low after his divisive confirmation hearings, after which he was narrowly approved in October on a largely partisan vote.

Students for Life of America, an anti-abortion rights group, focused on Planned Parenthood's role in abortions, though, again Medicaid funds can not be used to fund abortions.

"AUL is disappointed that the Court declined to hear argument in these cases, and we join the dissent in calling on the Court to 'do its duty, '" said AUL's President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster.

The cases from Kansas and Louisiana did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself. Investigations ultimately vindicated the abortion provider, but the conservative movement hasn't let up in their campaign against Planned Parenthood. "The pro-life grassroots will not stop fighting until every single tax dollar is untangled from the abortion industry". Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

We support their right to redirect taxpayer funds away from entities that destroy innocent lives and instead fund comprehensive community health care alternatives that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities at least 20 to one nationwide.

In the last decade, conservative states have sought to defund Planned Parenthood because it is the nation's largest single provider of abortions.

She continued that the decision "ignores the wishes of state leaders who no longer want to be coerced into funding abortion".

The two states were appealing lower court rulings that had blocked them from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women.

Planned Parenthood provides more abortions than any other health care provider in the U.S. In 2016, it performed 321,384 abortions, according to the group's annual report. In response, PPGC sued in federal court, alleging that Louisiana had deprived three anonymous co-plaintiffs of their federal statutory right to "to choose to receive their medical care from any qualified and willing provider".

The genesis of this case goes back to the discredited videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials inappropriately looking to sell fetal parts.

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