137 pro-life members of Congress have joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, urging them to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid dollars. The case is Baker v. Edwards, formerly Baker v. Planned Parenthood and stems from an executive order by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to defund abortion facilities of receiving state Medicaid dollars.
The American Center for Law and Justice writes of the case, “this case arose after the South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, issued an executive order directing the South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to deem abortion clinics unqualified to receive Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood and an individual plaintiff immediately sued in federal court, challenging the State’s decision. The district court enjoined the executive order and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. South Carolina sought review in the Supreme Court.”
BREAKING: 137 #ProLife members of Congress just filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court to support the right of states to defund abortion business Planned Parenthood of Medicaid tax dollars.
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— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) April 29, 2020
Good news!#ProLife members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid dollars!
— studentsforlifeaction (@SFLaction) April 30, 2020
The Trump administration signed a law early into his tenure that allows states to defund Planned Parenthood of state Medicaid dollars.
Christianity Today reported in 2017, “Trump’s action overturned a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December, only five weeks before President Obama left office. Many pro-life advocates perceived the HHS regulation, which effectively barred states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion clinics, as a parting gift from Obama to the abortion industry.
The HHS rule appeared particularly beneficial to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In recent years, at least 12 states have cut money for Planned Parenthood, some in the wake of various scandals uncovered regarding the country’s No. 1 abortion provider. Courts blocked those actions in some cases, thereby enabling the organization to continue to receive government funds.”