Kavanaugh disappoints after pro-Planned Parenthood vote
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)
Pro-life groups are voicing disappointment after the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court voted down a review of a Planned Parenthood lawsuit.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined a majority of the high court in a 6-3 decision that turned away an appeal from two states, Kansas and Louisiana, after they withheld tax funds from Planned Parenthood, the country's biggest abortion provider and a hero of Democrats and far-left feminists.
Only four votes were necessary for the high court to take up the case, so pro-life groups were shocked that the embattled pro-life nominee they stood behind over the summer voted with the majority.
The abortion giant took a public beating after pro-life activists used secretly recorded videos to allege Planned Parenthood was profiting from the sale aborted fetal tissue and organs --- a federal crime --- that are used for medical research.
In his dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas directly accused fellow justices of refusing to take up the case because Planned Parenthood is involved, implying political motives to protect the group.
"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,” Thomas wrote. “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.”
"SCOTUS should have heard this case and protected states' rights," Lila Rose of Live Action tweeted after the decision.
Rachel Busick of Americans United for Life tells OneNewsNow that Kansas and Louisiana were concerned not just about the controversial videos but also with reports of fraudulent billing and Medicaid fraud.
"These states wanted to use their funds in a manner that was consistent with the Medicaid program," she says, "and direct the funds to help individuals by providers that are best suited to help those needs."
In a statement, AUL president and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster said the group is "disappointed" in the decision but said that similar cases currently pending in lower courts may get heard in the future.
Mississippi-based American Family Association opposed Kavanaugh's nomination when his name was announced, and this week several talk show hosts on its radio network reminded listeners of that warning.
AFA had vocally supported Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee.
"Hamilton Corner" host and attorney Abe Hamilton played audio Monday of his warning in July that Trump had chosen a safer but less-conservative pick, and Bryan Fischer commented via Twitter that AFA opposed Kavanaugh because he appeared to be "weak" on the abortion issue.
AFA officially backtracked from its initial opposition after other conservative groups assured the ministry that Kavanaugh deserved support.
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