Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Why a Conservative Supreme Court Acted in Favor of Planned Parenthood

Why a Conservative Supreme Court Acted in Favor of Planned Parenthood

Thomas was furious with the court's denial of certiorari, saying: "But these cases are not about abortion rights", but rather "about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act". That makes the Court's decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion.But these cases are not about abortion rights.

"This is a victory for Planned Parenthood", NBC's Pete Williams reported earlier this morning. "Because of this Court's inaction, patients in different States-even patients with the same providers-have different rights to challenge their State's provider decisions". "If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background", Thomas argued, noting that the Founding Fathers gave Supreme Court justices lifetime tenure precisely so they could ignore such considerations entirely.

"We created the confusion".

So what explains the Court's refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named "Planned Parenthood".

That reasoning wasn't good enough for Thomas, the court's most conservative justice. A split among federal appeals courts is often a reason for the Supreme Court to step in.

Foster says that she agreed with Thomas's implication that the court was unwilling to decide on cases that are related to abortion care. Four are needed to initiate a Supreme Court review.

"But these cases are not about abortion rights", he said.

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But Thomas, joined by Alito and Gorsuch, dissented, insisting that it was the Supreme Court's duty to consider such prominent cases in which the federal circuits courts of appeal were divided.

Lawmakers in Louisiana and Kansas had sought to defund the group.

Planned Parenthood's affiliates in Louisiana do not perform abortions, but some in Kansas do. "The pro-life grassroots will not stop fighting until every single tax dollar is untangled from the abortion industry". The states had instead cut off funding for other services at Planned Parenthood, including sexually transmitted infection and cancer screenings. "As a doctor, I have seen what's at stake when people can not access the care they need, and when politics gets in the way of people making their own health care choices", said Dr. Leana Wen, the group's president. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (17-1340) and Gee v.

The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and the states, and Congress has said its funds may not be used to pay directly for abortions.

Officials with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, the branch overseeing both the Knoxville and Nashville clinics, confirmed that the Nashville-based clinic stopped offering abortions last week but is still open for other health services. And for low-income women, this health care can be paid for through Medicaid. The two states did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself.

Similar defunding laws in Arizona, Ohio, Texas, and in have also been tossed by the lower courts.

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