On the Supreme Court – Regroup, Don’t Fall Back

(Front Royal – VA) Human Life International (HLI) is disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two recent cases this week which impact whether states may choose their own Medicaid providers. At issue are both conscience rights and states’ rights, to determine who and who is not a valid service provider. If citizens do not wish state monies to be allocated for abortion and abortifacient procedures, HLI believes the citizens of any and all states have the right to refuse to have hard-earned tax dollars allocated to those who advocate the killing of unborn life.

However, HLI Director for Education and Research Dr. Brian Clowes cautions:

The pro-life movement should not see the Supreme Court decision to refuse to address the matter of making Planned Parenthood ineligible for Medicaid payments as a defeat, but rather as a punt.  The Court only takes on about two percent of the petitions presented before it and, in the larger scheme of things in the battle over abortion, this is a mere skirmish. The Court simply chose at this time not to become involved in the extremely complex task of disentangling Medicaid payments from abortion.

Earlier this week, HLI President Shenan J. Boquet also spoke with Renew America and made concurring remarks.

Planned Parenthood, as we all know, earns the vast bulk of its profits in providing abortion and contraceptives, and as such can hardly be considered a “health care provider.” Abortion is an elective procedure in which one party is killed and the other is harmed, psychologically and at times physically. While a separate issue, refusal to hear the cases in question is particularly regrettable, as Planned Parenthood has been implicated in many egregious acts by the Center of Medical Progress, documenting the past sale of fetal body parts, a crime in the United States.

In his dissenting opinion Justice Clarence Thomas writes: “So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named in ‘Planned Parenthood.’…We are responsible for the confusion among the lower courts and it is our job to fix it.” HLI applauds Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito in their courage to stand for true constitutional rights which defend the freedom of religion and a right to life. And we instead look down the road a year or two, optimistic future cases will be judged with a neutral spirit, not of legislation, but of enforcing the U.S. Constitution. It will inevitably follow that then the Court will much more frequently take the side of life and family, particularly with regard to new appointments. We will continue to work and pray for the protection of human life and freedom of religion in the United States and throughout the world, in keeping with our God-given mission.


About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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