South Carolina, where I happen to live defunded Planned Parenthood, and then out came the lawyers, demanding that SC taxpayer money must go to Planned Parenthood through the Medicare plan.
But, the decision was killed by the appeals court and South Carolina appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court blocked that decision by a 7 to 3 vote. They now sent the case back to the appeals court for reconsideration.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) June 20, 2023
What that really means is that the appeals court is expected to reverse its decision and allow SC to defund Planned Parenthood.
Reagan-appointed U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harvie Wilkinson wrote:
“At the outset of this litigation, the district court issued a preliminary injunction preventing South Carolina from terminating Planned Parenthood’s provider agreement. We affirmed its decision then. South Carolina now returns to our court to appeal the district court’s subsequent permanent injunction.”
“In sum, we refuse to nullify Congress’s undeniable desire to extend a choice of medical providers to the less fortunate among us, individuals who experience the same medical problems as the more fortunate in society, but who lack under their own means the same freedom to choose their healthcare provider.”
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia had ruled that South Carolina must pay up to Planned Parenthood, which in my opinion is unconstitutional as long as the state does not cut its spending on groups that do not murder babies. I see this as a victory for the unborn. How dare they call themselves Planned Parenthood anyway? They do not exist by making you be a parent. Their business is killing babies and raking in huge government grants.
Wilkinson and two other judges ruled unanimously that South Carolina’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood violated Medicaid patient Julie Edwards’ right to choose her Medicaid provider. The ruling upheld a permanent injunction by Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lewis.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and a Medicaid patient sued the state in 2018 after Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill removing the abortion provider from the state’s Medicaid program. Robert Kerr, South Carolina’s director of Health and Human Services, is the opponent in Planned Parenthood’s case because he oversees the state’s Medicaid funds.
Planned Parenthood is fighting South Carolina’s six-week abortion ban signed in May 2022 when the Supreme Court was preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Health case, allowing states to decide on whether abortion should be legalized. The organization has also called for court packing and term limits for SCOTUS appointees.
A South Carolina judge blocked the state’s abortion ban shortly after it was enacted and the state subsequently appealed to the South Carolina Supreme Court.