A surprising twist from one of the most outspoken anti-Abortion politicians this week. In a landmark decision on December 12, Kavanaugh and other SC leaders officially denied appeals from Kansas and Louisiana to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s one of the first times Kavanaugh has officially sided with the Left since stepping into the position.
- Both Kavanaugh and John Roberts have traditionally stood with Republicans on issues concerning abortion. In fact, prior to his appointment, the Left claimed Kavanaugh’s appointment would lead to an overturn of Roe v. Wade.
- Both Roberts and Kavanaugh declined to even review the petitions, instead automatically aligning with four other liberal judges. Both petitions specifically sought to limit Planned Parenthood’s funding as well as who had the right to become an abortion provider in-state.
- Leaders from Kansas and Louisiana both expressed dismay at the apparent reversal of opinion. Governor Jeff Colyer (R-KS) said, “We regret today’s decision from the US Supreme Court announcing that it fell one vote short of taking our case against Planned Parenthood.”
- Judges who voted to review the petitions were also extremely unhappy with Kavanaugh. Justice Clarence Thomas asked, “…what explains the court’s refusal to do its job here?,” accusing the left-leaning decision-makers of faux pas. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood,’” he added.
- If it had been approved, the petitions would have effectively reversed the lower court’s original decision refusing to allow states the right to interfere with PP or other abortion providers. In fact, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals even went as far as to specifically deny refusal of payments “unrelated to the provider’s competence and the quality of the healthcare it provides.”
- The Circuit Court also claimed defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to direct harm. However, this feels like a bit of a political decision rather than a decision based on fact. There’s plenty of right-leaning Americans who would consider Planned Parenthood as a SOURCE of harm, instead.
- Another prior decision from the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that states can terminate Medicaid contracts for any provider they choose, full-stop. It also stated that patients cannot challenge that right, even if they disagree.