I told everyone that dying on Kavanaugh Hill was going to be a huge waste of time and energy, but then again, I’ve also told everyone about the uselessness of Conservatives until I turned blue in the face.
The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas.
The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?,” Thomas wrote. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
“Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty,” Thomas added. “If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”
Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined the Thomas dissent, meaning there were three votes in favor of taking the case. Since four votes are needed for the Supreme Court to take up a case, the opinion indicates that Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the four liberals to deny review.
This move could indicate that Roberts and Kavanaugh are loath to take take up an abortion-related question in the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation. The Court’s new junior justice has generally kept a low profile since taking the bench in October.
A chronic weakness that the Judeo-Left mocks on a daily basis.
Monday’s cases arose when Republican state leaders in Louisiana and Kansas stripped Planned Parenthood of state Medicaid funds after a pro-life advocacy group presented evidence that the abortion-provider was harvesting and selling fetal materials. Planned Parenthood contests the accuracy of these claims.
Planned Parenthood and several unnamed female patients challenged the states’ move in federal court. The legal question in Monday’s cases was whether Medicaid recipients can challenge the disqualification of a provider under the Medicaid law. As such, it did not touch on abortion directly.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Planned Parenthood on that question in June 2017, prompting an appeal to the Supreme Court. That ruling is left in place now that the justices have refused to take the case.
Brett Kavanaugh is likely going to make his career on the Supreme Court as a lukewarm Conservative that is going to push limited federal government (unless something like the Patriot Act comes into play) and the right of corporations to censor without fear of regulation, but will almost certainly shy away from anything controversial like mass deportations or social issues like abortion and gay “marriage.”
Really nothing different than most other “right wing” figures sitting on the nation’s courts – growing more impotent with each passing day.
Think about it – less than four years after homosexuals gained the right to bugger each other while holding marriage certificates in their hands, nobody sitting on the inside of the Overton Window has dared to challenge the decision.
At least enemies of abortion fought the losing battle for decades…