In a decision involving abortion, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with leftists, declining to hear a case that could have permitted states to defund Planned Parenthood in state-wide Medicaid programs.
Lower court rulings prevented both Kansas and Louisiana from blocking Planned Parenthood from participating in Medicaid. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
A yes vote from four Justices are required for the Supreme Court to hear a case.
Kavanaugh sided with John Roberts and two other liberal judges – stopping the case from reaching the nation’s highest court.
Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito voted to hear the case.
Thomas complained in his dissent that the court sought to shy away from the case because it involves Planned Parenthood, and is therefore controversial.
“So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?” he 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 is true that these particular cases arose after several States alleged that Planned Parenthood affiliates had, among other things, engaged in ‘the illegal sale of fetal organs’ and ‘fraudulent billing practices,’ and thus removed Planned Parenthood as a state Medicaid provider … But these cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act. Resolving the question presented here would not even affect Planned Parenthood’s ability to challenge the States’ decisions; it concerns only the rights of individual Medicaid patients to bring their own suits.”
The conservative majority on the court does not appear eager to overturn Roe v. Wade, the nation’s landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.
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