The Supreme Court on Monday refused appeals from two states looking to end funding to Planned Parenthood, striking a blow to abortion foes.
The decision leaves in place lower court rulings that blocked Louisiana and Kansas from banning Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the states’ Medicaid programs.
The states banned Planned Parenthood from their programs after videos emerged in 2015 alleging the group and its affiliates were profiting from the sale of fetal tissue for research purposes.
Investigations in several states found no wrongdoing on Planned Parenthood’s part. Planned Parenthood sued over the decisions, arguing federal law gives Medicaid recipients the right to choose to receive their medical care from any qualified and willing provider.
Roberts-led court “left in place two lower court opinions that said that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood affiliates who offer preventive care for low-income women.” It requires four justices to hear a case before the court; only three agreed it should be contested – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. The Newest member of the court Brett Kavanaugh Sided with the liberal justices in the high court.