(National Sentinel) Pro-Life Victory: Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, had been on a winning streak, emerging victorious in a slew of federal court decisions forbiding states from stripping away the organization’s federal funding.
That winning streak has now come to an end. As reported by the Washington Times, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arkansas can boot Planned Parenthood out of its network of Medicaid-approved health providers.
“The plaintiffs are asserting a right — the absolute right to a particular provider of their choosing — that [the law] does not grant them,” Judge Steven Colloton wrote in the majority opinion.
In the court’s 2-1 ruling, the judges decreed that Planned Parenthood can protest the decision through the normal administrative process. But in the meantime, at least, it is out of Arkansas’ network of healthcare providers who accept Medicaid.
Most other federal court rulings have sided with Planned Parenthood, citing language within the Medicaid Act prohibiting states from cutting out providers without sufficient cause.
Republicans in Congress had repeatedly promised for years to cut out the $500 million in tax money sent each year to Planned Parenthood. But like so many other promises, they’ve broken that one, too, leaving states themselves to have to fight Planned Parenthood funding.
It’s not clear whether Planned Parenthood will appeal the decision — that seems likely — and whether the decision will be reversed. But because the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is at odds with a number of other federal circuits, it wouldn’t surprise us to see this issue wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
It’s against federal law for Planned Parenthood to utilize its federal tax subsidies to pay for abortions. Since 1977, an annual budget rider called the Hyde Amendment has been signed into law prohibiting federal payments through Medicaid for most abortions.
But let’s face it: Those tax dollars that go for salaries and operational costs make it possible for the organization to keep its doors open and provide abortions, so taxpayers are providing at least ancillary support for abortions.
Perhaps this new ruling is the first step towards ending all taxpayer funding for abortions.
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