Supreme Court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds

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The decision to deny certiorari was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts and embattled new Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, over the objections of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch. The legal profession erroneously believes that lower courts can grant standing to anyone so they can babysit the other branches on clear political questions, yet the Supreme Court refuses to babysit their own quite inferior courts.

Once we agree to legitimize judicial supremacy, we have lost our nation, regardless of the orientation of the Supreme Court. And despite the fondest dreams of their anti-abortion allies and the urging of Republicans in Congress, even Jeff Sessions's Department of Justice has done nothing after looking into it.

"It does appear they are being very careful based on their actions so far".

[W] hat explains the Court's refusal to do its job here?

The president of the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said in a statement that they were "disappointed" by the Supreme Court's decision, and urged Trump to take action to "prevent taxpayer funding of the abortion industry". Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast and Andersen v.

The issue is who has the right to challenge a state's Medicaid funding decisions, private individuals or only the federal government. "Around 70 million Americans are on Medicaid, and the question presented directly affects their rights", Thomas wrote.

Planned Parenthood, the only provider offering abortions in the Nashville area, suspended its services and started referring abortion patients to Knoxville and Memphis, according to a spokesperson.

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Consumer advocates from both states note that patients rely on the health care provider for non-abortive services.

"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, '" he wrote.

"We are responsible for the confusion among the lower courts, and it is our job to fix it", Thomas concluded. 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.

Defunding Planned Parenthood has always been a priority for the Republican Party and canceling federal dollars for the organization became a point of discussion ahead of Kavanaugh's confirmation this fall. Kansas and Louisiana argued that Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to receive Medicaid funding. If so, they said, states may decide who is a qualified provider of health care.

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.

Abortion remains a hot button in the United States, where the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, with many measures being implemented in recent years to complicate access to services to terminate a pregnancy. Abortion is not healthcare, and women's needs are better met by real, full-service medical locations, not abortion vendors. Kavanaugh took his seat in the second week of October, and his supporters have assumed he would vote in favor of restricting abortion rights when given the opportunity.

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