It almost looks as though Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has given a payoff to Senator Susan Collins by joining the left-wingers on the Supreme Court to reject a case that would have decided if states can defund baby-killing giant Planned Parenthood.
The Supreme Court decided not to take a case seeking to find out if it was legal for the states to reject giving tax dollars to abortion mill operators Planned Parenthood leaving in place lower court rulings that said states MUST fund the blood-soaked outfit with our tax dollars.
According to CNN:
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared to side with the court’s liberals in not taking up the case — showing an effort to avoid high-profile abortion-related issues for now.
So, the two more recent “conservatives” who were put on the court (Roberts and Kavanaugh) both joined the leftists to come to the aide of Planned Parenthood.
What was the case about?
At issue is not whether states can provide federal funding for abortion. Instead, the case concerned whether they can block Medicaid funds from offices that provide such women with annual health screens, contraceptive coverage and cancer screening.
Kansas — one of the states that had asked the Supreme Court to step in — wanted the justices to review a lower court opinion that held that while states have “broad authority” to ensure that Medicaid health care providers are qualified to provide medical services, “the power has limits.”
“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” a panel of judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals held last February.
So, just what the heck was this from Kavanaugh?
It is easy to wonder if Kavanaugh was giving a political payback to Senator Susan Collins for her impassioned support in October of his confirmation to the court.
Collins is a big abortion supporter, so what better way to give Collins a payback for her support than to rule to protect one of her favorite causes?
It makes you think, doesn’t it?
But something else, here, also makes you think. Why, exactly, don’t the liberal justices ever vote against liberal interests like “conservative” justices constantly do against conservative principles?
But, perhaps it was a “conservative” move, after all? Some supporters of Kavanaugh are saying that his vote was a “procedural” move meant to keep the issue from being decided with the current court balance and to give President Trump another shot at putting a justice on the court. The theory being that Roberts is too friendly to Planned Parenthood and without his vote against the baby-killers, we would end up with a favorable abortion ruling. They say Kavanaugh voted to push this issue off until another conservative is placed on the court.
That is an awful lot of machinations, though. But, sure, it’s possible.
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