Kavanaugh Casts Deciding Vote As Supreme Court Rejects Review of Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood
Should states be allowed to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood?
by Fox News | 12.10.18
The Supreme Court is staying out of legal fight over efforts to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, with the newest justice casting the deciding vote.
The high court Monday rejected review of appeals from two states, which claim the nation’s largest abortion provider should not receive any public funding after a series of disputed videos surfaced reportedly showing the group engaged in illegal sales of fetal tissue for medical research.
Planned Parenthood does not receive any federal funding for abortion, but does provide a range of other medical and health services for poor families, including cancer screening and contraception. It was never charged in the fetal tissue issue.
Lawmakers in Louisiana and Kansas had sought to defund the group. Planned Parenthood then brought suit to overturn state laws in an effort to preserve its Medicaid services.
Three conservative justices said in dissent the Supreme Court should get involved in the legal fight.
“These cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act,” said Justice Clarence Thomas. “Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty.”
He was supported by Justice Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.
The six members voting to deny the petitions did not comment. That included the court’s two other conservatives—Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts—who did not support taking on the issue now, effectively giving a victory to Planned Parenthood.
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