Planned Parenthood is celebrating a legal victory after the Supreme Court decided they would not hear a case on defunding Medicaid to the controversial healthcare center upholding lower courts decisions that ruled in their favor.
The conservative-held court decided not to hear the case thanks to a decision from Chief Justice John Kelly and newly-confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh who sided with the liberal-leaning justices.
Although Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, the case was concerning their other operations, such as providing contraception, annual health screenings, and cancer screenings for low-income people.
According to CNN, the case addressed whether or not states can block Medicare funds from going toward non-abortion related healthcare.
“VICTORY,” Planned Parenthood Action tweeted Monday. “SCOTUS just allowed lower court rulings to stand in Medicaid ‘defunding’ cases. This decision protects Medicaid patients who rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment.”
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast reiterated, saying, “Today’s decision affirms that Louisianans can continue to rely on Planned Parenthood, their trusted health care provider,” local president Melaney Linton said in a statement. “We will do everything we can to ensure our patients and the people who need health care will always have a place to turn.”
— Planned Parenthood (@PPGulfCoast) December 10, 2018
Kansas and Louisiana both moved to cut off Medicare funding to the healthcare center in 2014.
But lower courts in both states determined the action was misguided.
A panel of judges in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals held last February that Kansas’s reason to try to defund Planned Parenthood wasn’t legitimate enough: “States may not terminate providers from their Medicaid program for any reason they see fit, especially when that reason is unrelated to the provider’s competence and the quality of the health care it provides.”