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Betrayal: Brett Kavanaugh cast deciding Supreme Court vote enabling Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood

Et tu, Kavanaugh?

Medicaid is a government welfare program that provides health care services for “the poor”. Jointly funded by the states and the federal government, Medicaid is largely administered by the states. About 70 million people — one out of every five Americans — are enrolled in the program, including two million women who use Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider.

Two states, Kansas and Louisiana, seek to exclude Planned Parenthood (PP) from their Medicaid “health care” providers, after a series of undercover videos show PP abortion clinics engaged in illegal sales of fetal tissue for allegedly medical research. In the words of Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life: “Abortion is not healthcare, it is a human rights abuse. Until Planned Parenthood ceases to perform abortions they should not receive any money from taxpayers.”

Kansas and Louisiana brought suit to in an effort to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, but preserve their Medicaid funding. The cases are Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (17-1340) and Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast Inc. (17-1492). But their cases were tossed by lower courts.

Similar defunding laws in Arizona, Ohio, Texas, and Indiana have also been tossed by the lower courts. Only Arkansas’ law has been allowed to go into effect, but that is being challenged in the courts.

To quote Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri: (pp. 1-2)

Medicaid offers the States a bargain: Congress provides federal funds in exchange for the States’ agreement to spend them in accordance with congressionally imposed conditions…. When a state fails to comply with the terms of Medicaid, the statute provides one remedy: the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services may withhold funds from the state…. [T]he Tenth Circuit below held that §23(A) of the Medicaid Act…requires states to provide in their administrative plans the ability of eligible patients to obtain services from “any institution, agency, community pharmacy, or person, qualified to perform the service or services required…who undertakes to provide him such services.” 42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(23)(A). Although the Medicaid Act elsewhere grants a state substantial leeway in deciding when to exclude individual providers from the Medicaid program, see id. §1396a(p)(1), the Tenth Circuit’s decision permits patients to challenge those decisions in federal court….

Fox News reports that on Monday, December 10, 2018, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals from Kansas and Louisiana, effectively giving a victory to Planned Parenthood.

According to Supreme Court rules, 4 of the 9 justices must vote “yes” for the Court to accept a case (source: United States Courts). That means that the Court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, cast the deciding vote.

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, crowed: “We are pleased that lower court rulings protecting patients remain in place. Every person has a fundamental right to health care, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn.”

The three conservative justices who dissented are Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. They maintain the Supreme Court should get involved in the legal fight on states’ rights grounds. Justice Clarence Thomas said: “These cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act. Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty.”

The six members voting to deny the petitions did not comment. They are the four “liberals” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) and two other ostensibly conservative members—Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

During the Senate confirmation hearings on Kavanaugh, Planned Parenthood had threatened senators if they voted to confirm him to the Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood needn’t have bothered as Kavanaugh poses no threat to their funding and slaughter.

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~Eowyn

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Millennials are becoming more pro-life

Millennials (aka Generation Y) are those aged 18 to 29 whose birth years range from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
Millennials can be faulted for many things. See, for example:

But there’s one positive thing we can say about millennials — they are more pro-life than previous generations of American young people.
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Gallup Poll analysis of U.S. public opinion trends on abortion shows that generational differences in support for broadly legal abortion have diminished over the past decade, mainly due to young adults (18 to 29) becoming slightly more likely than all other age groups, including seniors, to say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Support for legal abortion in all situations dipped among the youngest two age categories, but increased slightly among middle-aged adults between the late 1990s and the early 2000s. Among seniors (65 and older), there has also been a significant drop (a long-term 11-point) in the percentage of those who say all abortions should be illegal. In contrast, among young adults there has been a 9-point increase — from 14% to 23% — in support for the “illegal in all circumstances” position since the early 1990s.
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The Christian Post reports, Dec. 12, 2014, that millennials are increasingly more pro-life and supportive of restrictions on abortion than their parents’ generation, according to polling data taken over the last decade.
Here are some of the reasons:
1. Medical technology: Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, said that advances in ultrasound technology is just one of the many reasons why teenagers and people in their 20s are joining the movement: “There’s a window into the womb with ultrasound. Just having the look into the womb you can see, even in the first trimester, the early development of the child — you can see the humanity of the child. “ow that we have that imagery and it’s more prevalent, people are having that personal encounter with the child, so it’s easier to recognize their human rights.”
Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life, said, “Years ago, it was the case that advocates for abortion would talk about the ‘thing’ growing in a woman’s womb as a lifeless blob of tissue. And I think our advances in sonography and ultrasounds, and even our understanding of fetal development has dispelled those myths. We know that, from the moment of conception, a baby has all of its DNA that it needs for the rest of its life. It has everything inherent that it will need for later on. Really, the only difference [between the preborn and adults] is in size and development.”
2. Abortion abuses: Lila Rose also credits the growing pro-life stance of millenials to “stories that have emerged about how abortion doesn’t help women, but it actually hurts them. This has been shared in the testimonies of women who’ve spoken out against it afterwards. And there’s the emergence of evidence about the abuses and the illegal practices at Planned Parenthood that are coming more to light. All of these factors are inspiring to younger people who see it as a human rights abuse and an attack against women and children, and they want to join the movement.”
3. Millenials have lost siblings to abortion: Most poignant of all is the fact that millenials have lost siblings to abortion. Kathryn Brown, a Benedictine College student who was among 400 of her classmates who traveled from Kansas to Washington in January to lead the annual 41st annual March for Life demonstration, said that her generation is more pro-life than past generations because they’ve been greatly impacted by abortion. Brown said, “I think one big reason is because our generation is the one that’s missing so many people because of abortion. There are many people, college aged, who have siblings who were aborted. There are people missing in our lives because they were never given the chance to live — siblings, friends, maybe even people we would have married. We mourn them and we resolve to stand up for their God-given right to life so that others will not share that same fate.”
~Eowyn

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