High Court refuses to freeze Medicaid funds for family planning in South Carolina

The eight judges declined to consider an appeal in which South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster sought to remove two clinics – in Charleston and Columbia – from the state’s Medicaid network. Planned Parenthood applauded the decision but warned there were at least two dozen cases pending across the country.

Politico: Supreme Court rejects challenge to family planning funding

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected South Carolina’s request to reinstate its blockade of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, a move that could indicate that the court’s conservative majority may be selective in regarding abortion cases, as a new member is expected to join its ranks soon. . The case is one of the first major reproductive rights challenges the court has considered since the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month, and its dismissal was announced on the second day of Senate hearings for the presidential candidate. Donald Trump at court, Amy Coney Barrett. Both sides of the abortion debate have been keeping a close watch on how much court Tories go to deny access to abortion, with Barrett apparently on track for confirmation later this month- this. (Ollstein, 10/13)

(Columbia, SC) Post And Courier: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects SC Efforts To Cut Public Funding For Family Planning

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a multi-year effort by South Carolina officials to cut public funding for two family planning clinics that perform abortions in Palmetto state. The nation’s highest court declined to consider an appeal in which Governor Henry McMaster sought to remove two Planned Parenthood clinics – one in Charleston and one in Columbia – from the state’s Medicaid network. The High Court, in essence, upheld earlier rulings preventing South Carolina from suspending government reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinics that treat Medicaid patients, the health insurance program for the poor. (Wilks, 10/13)

The Hill: Supreme Court refuses to hear South Carolina attempt to block family planning Medicaid funding

The High Court’s rejection means last year’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling will remain in effect, barring the state from terminating Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. Although it takes four judges to approve a petition, the court does not publish the vote totals and it declined to hear the case without comment. (Hellman, 10/13)

In other family planning news –

Newsweek: Planned Parenthood fixes Ted Cruz’s definition of birth control

Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit reproductive health care organization, corrected Senator Ted Cruz’s comments during Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings at the Supreme Court, where he called birth control pills ” drugs inducing abortion “. The Texas senator referred to birth control as such when discussing alleged threats to religious freedom, referring to the Supreme Court case The Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home vs. Pennsylvania. “It also extends to religious freedom. The Little Sisters of the Poor, our Catholic convent of nuns, who take an oath of poverty, who dedicate their lives to caring for the sick, caring for the needy, caring for the elderly, and the Obama administration has pleaded against the little sisters of the poor, seeking to impose fines on them in order to force them to pay, among other things, for abortion drugs, ”he said in his long speech at the hearings. (Crowley, 10/13)

Newsweek: Women Thank Planned Parenthood on Twitter After Ted Cruz’s Controversial Birth Control Comments

Twitter users are sharing their positive experiences using the nonprofit Planned Parenthood for services other than abortion, amid a heated debate over reproductive rights in the United States. Ted Cruz after having wrongly called birth control “abortion drugs”. (Gander, 10/14)

Also –

Boston Globe: Michigan senator shares abortion experience – first sitting senator in U.S. history to do so

Michigan Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat who tends to avoid national headlines, made history Monday when he shared his family’s personal experience with abortion in an interview with Elle Magazine. Less than a month before a pivotal election, Peters is the first sitting U.S. senator to publicly break the silence on such a controversial and politicized issue. (Bowker, 10/13)

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