WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end public funding by those states to Planned Parenthood, a national women's healthcare and abortion provider, through the Medicaid program.The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates.Three conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from the decision by the nine-member court, saying it should have heard the appeals by the states.The case is one of a number of disputes working their way up to the Supreme Court over state-imposed restrictions on abortion. The two states did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself.Planned Parenthood's affiliates in Louisiana do not perform abortions, but some in Kansas do. Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, pays for abortions only … [Read more...] about U.S. top court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds
House votes to defund planned parenthood
Congressional Republicans are giving up on years of promises to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood as Democrats prepare to take control of the House, a major setback for the conservative movement after controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House for the past two years. The futility of the congressional efforts were clear as the lame-duck session of Congress convened this week and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) briefly tried — and failed — to rally support for one last bid to push through Planned Parenthood cuts, Obamacare repeal and other conservative priorities. But most Republicans, already rattled by the possibility of a shutdown next week triggered by President Donald Trump’s border wall demands, dismissed his bid.Story Continued Below That's infuriated anti-abortion groups, who plan to take their fight to state legislatures and the courts. “They had two years to defund Planned Parenthood and they failed,” said Kristan Hawkins, the … [Read more...] about GOP lawmakers’ reality: They won’t cut Planned Parenthood
Republicans who support abortion rights have long been an endangered species in the House of Representatives. But next year, the rare breed will finally be extinct. The retirements of Reps. Charlie Dent and Rodney Frelinghuysen mark the end of the line for abortion rights supporters in the Republican Conference. And there’s no GOP nominee in a competitive race who backs abortion rights this year, according to abortion interest groups and party officials, which will leave Congress more polarized on the issue than at any time since Roe v. Wade — all of it with a bruising Supreme Court nomination on the horizon.Story Continued Below Democrats have a slightly larger tent on the issue of abortion — but only slightly. In the House, there are three remaining members who vote against abortion rights to varying degree: Reps. Dan Lipinski, Collin Peterson and Henry Cuellar. The elimination of the last House GOP members to support abortion rights stands to have far-reaching … [Read more...] about House GOP closes ranks on abortion
Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 11:47 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday approved a $56.8 billion budget for next year that seeks to kill aid for Planned Parenthood despite a warning from GOP Gov. Rick Snyder the ban may be unconstitutional. The Planned Parenthood drama punctuated an otherwise smooth budget process for legislative leaders and the term-limited governor, who reached broad agreement on the budget last month after officials identified a $500 million surplus. The budget deal includes $330 million in extra funding for road repairs and transportation projects next year, $100 million for Snyder’s new talent attraction plan and the largest per-pupil school funding boost of its kind since 2002. Snyder cannot line-item veto boilerplate budget language. But Senate Democrats who voted for the general government spending bill appeared confident the governor will declare the … [Read more...] about Snyder: Planned Parenthood defunding plan ‘unconstitutional’
The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program’s 4 million patients. Congress last year failed to wipe out funding for Planned Parenthood, because the bill faced overwhelming Democratic objections and would not have received the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.MENTAL HEALTH: Major depression diagnoses skyrocketing in millennials, adolescentsBut the imposition of a slightly retooled version of a regulation, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 after a five-year fight, could potentially accomplish what Congress could not. The rules now under review, according to Trump administration officials, would require facilities receiving federal family planning funds to be physically … [Read more...] about Trump proposes cutting Planned Parenthood funds. What does that mean?