Many pro-lifers stuck their necks out to defend Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation fight.
And radical pro-abortion activists were literally clawing on the doors of the Supreme Court to stop him from being sworn in.
But Justice Kavanaugh just made a decision that had Planned Parenthood jumping for joy.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the Supreme Court’s liberal justices to decline to hear a case that would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.
This lawsuit marks the third time the Supreme Court refused to hear such a case.
Tim Jost, an emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, said it’s “noteworthy” that Kavanaugh passed on the cases.
“If Kavanaugh was going to deal a major blow to health care rights during his first session on the court, this would have been the case to do it,” Jost said.
The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List said it was “disappointed” the Supreme Court declined the case, as it called on the Trump administration to quickly finalize rules blocking federal funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers through the Title X family planning program.
“The pro-life citizens of states like Kansas and Louisiana, through their elected representatives, have clearly expressed their will: they do not want Medicaid tax dollars used to prop up abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement.
Many pro-lifers thought Justice Kavanaugh would be an immediate ally in the fight to end abortion.
But he has so far refused to lift a finger.
Meanwhile, conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all voted to hear the case.
In order for a case to be heard before the Supreme Court, four justices must agree to hear it.
Justice Kavanaugh’s vote in favor would have been the one that tipped the scales.
This isn’t the first time conservatives were blindsided by Supreme Court Justices appointed by Republican presidents.
Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, sided with liberal Supreme Court Justices in 2012 to uphold Obamacare.
And Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, sided with liberal Justices to force all states to accept gay marriage as a “right” guaranteed by the Constitution.
Is Justice Kavanaugh’s decision another example of a Republican SCOTUS pick stabbing pro-lifers in the back?
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