Justice Thomas Blasts Supreme Court For Sidestepping Planned Parenthood Case: “Quit Abdicating Our Judicial Duty”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas criticized his fellow justices Monday for refusing to do their job when they rejected a case about state efforts to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. On Monday, six of the nine justices refused to take two cases out of Kansas and Louisiana where lower courts refused to allow the states to defund the nation’s biggest abortion business. Both states, and several others moved to revoke taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood after videos exposed the abortion giant allegedly selling the body parts of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood sued the states, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Kansas couldn’t defund Planned Parenthood, despite an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into its aborted baby body parts trade. Then, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a similar effort by Arkansas to defund the abortion chain in 2017. Because of the circuit split, pro-life groups thought Supreme Court would take up the case. Thomas said the court made a “mess” of the matter and blamed the other justices for not wanting to touch a case involving the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.read more
Justice Brett Kavanaugh voted with the four liberal justices on the bench refusing to hear the case. Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito joined Justice Clarence Thomas in voting to hear the case. Justice Thomas wrote, “It is true that these particular cases arose after several States alleged that Planned Parenthood affiliates had, among other things, engaged in ‘the illegal sale of fetal organs’ and ‘fraudulent billing practices,’ and thus removed Planned Parenthood as a state Medicaid provider, but these cases are not about abortion rights,” he continued. “They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act. Resolving the question presented here would not even affect Planned Parenthood’s ability to challenge the States’ decisions. Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty,” Thomas concluded. While this case wasn’t about abortion, federal money that goes to any organization that provides abortion should be questioned. It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court will not hear this case. A Republican-led house and senate and a willing President have had two years to defund Planned Parenthood, yet have failed to do so. Now that the House will be led by Democrats, the likelihood of federal funds being stripped has evaporated. The pro-life battle rests on states to continue to take up this issue and the hope that cases will once again reach the Supreme Court.
Pray for the Supreme Court as they continue to make critical decisions not only on the rulings they issue but also decisions on what cases they will and will not hear. Pray for them to uphold the Constitution and for them to have God’s wisdom. And most importantly pray for life to be protected in all 50 states and for legislators to be bold (Psalm 139).
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