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Supreme Court rejects Planned Parenthood funding case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/10/18, 01:24 pm

The Supreme Court handed Planned Parenthood a legal victory Monday by refusing to take up two funding cases that lower courts decided in the abortion provider’s favor. Planned Parenthood successfully sued the states of Louisiana and Kansas for dropping the organization as a Medicaid provider after undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress showed the abortion giant profiting from the sale of aborted baby body parts.

Other lower courts have in the past differed in their interpretations of states’ rights to select Medicaid providers and patients’ rights to challenge those decisions, which would normally lead the high court to take the case. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court’s decision to refuse to hear this case, and in a rare opinion said states and patients need clarity on the issue. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito joined his dissent, but the two other conservatives on the court, Chief Justice John Roberts and newly seated Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not.

“So what explains the court’s refusal to do its job here?” Thomas asked. “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.” Although abortion practices were related to the state decisions to drop Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider, the case before the court was about who can challenge those decisions in all situations.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 12/10/2018 11:28 pm

    Politics corrupts everything it touches.  It corrupts education and science and religion and every other aspect of life.  Roberts and Kavanaugh seem more concerned about popularity, especially after surviving a liberal lynch mob of lies. Law becomes meaningless when all that matters is money and power.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 12/12/2018 01:17 pm

    I haven’t seen the legal arguments, and I doubt I would understand them if given the opportunity to read them. 

    But I'm going to say we should not be quick to condemn Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh for taking what we view as “the wrong side.” There is much more involved in these decisions than just the wrongdoing of Planned Parenthood. 

  • Jorasi
    Posted: Wed, 12/12/2018 05:17 pm

    Why is it that we think we are putting conservatives on the Scotus and end up with them voting with the liberals? I've always believed that the left has something on them and blackmails them. Roberts and Cavanaugh are examples of this strange way of proceding. Why do they enable the liberal agenda?