Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe v. Wade After All?

This piece was originally published in The New York Times.

When the Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear cases brought by Louisiana and Kansas attempting to exclude Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from their Medicaid programs, legal soothsayers were out in full force opining about what it means for the future of abortion rights under the newly constituted court.

The decision drew a dissent from three conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, who suggested that the court was ducking the cases because they involved Planned Parenthood and touched on abortion. But, intriguingly, the court’s two other conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and the court’s latest member, Brett Kavanaugh, sided with the court’s liberals in rejecting the case.

What are we to make of it?

It’s not easy to read the tea leaves here because the cases didn’t pose a direct challenge to the constitutionality of abortion restrictions. Instead, they centered on whether those states could exclude Planned Parenthood from providing contraception and other health services in the Medicaid program. Those states object to Planned Parenthood providing access to abortion outside Medicaid, which does not cover the procedure. Had the court accepted the states’ arguments, tens of thousands of indigent women could have lost the health care they receive from the group.

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Anonymous

It's funny how you compare taking the life away from something that's Innocent to guns. Which dont have a heart beat, nor feelings, and can't think in anyway. It's plain and simple. Women dont want babies, stop doing the things with every man they meet to make a baby. All social media platforms are filled with men hunting women, or women hunting men for that special one night stand. And knowing that birth control methods are available, choose not to use them. The problem then is that they don't want to take responsibility for the actions they did, by killing/murdering the only Innocent life that was created by their act.

Anonymous

this is for the person who commented. guns were also used in 2018 to take thousands of innocent lives of kids. i believe that women should be allowed to abort due to rape or if their life is at risk. no man has the right to sign a law that has to do with women. as a survivor of rape if i had gotten pregnant i would have wanted the right to abort. also to the people who keep saying this country was formed on "under god" or whatever..... it wasn't america is what it is today because of slavery and greed. if europeans had not killed almost all the native americans or brought slaves over then we would not be world power like we are today.

Anonymous

e pluribus Unum means "from many one" (from many states or individuals one nation".)

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