A Plethora of Court Cases

April 27, 2018 09:00 AM

US District Judge Thomas Rice of Washington state issued a permanent injunction that blocks the Trump administration from cutting funds to Planned Parenthood’s teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide. Rice wrote: "The Court determines that the public interest weighs in favor of (Planned Parenthood), as it would prevent harm to the community . . . and prevent loss of data regarding the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention.”

The 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals overruled an Ohio law that included language of “defunding Planned Parenthood.” In the opinion, 6th Circuit Judge Helene N. White wrote: “Although the government has no obligation to subsidize constitutionally protected activity, it may not use its control over funds to curtail the exercise of constitutionally protected rights outside the scope of a government-funded program.”

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana for a new law that requires abortionists to report complications from abortion and patient information to the state. PP argues that the requirement is unconstitutional and “imposes unique and burdensome obligations.” This current lawsuit comes as the most recent in a series of lawsuits challenging abortion restrictions in Indiana.

Aside from its ongoing reception of taxpayer money, Planned Parenthood continues to benefit financially from its donors and fundraisers. The ninth annual Corks and Forks fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada raised more than $188,000 for two Planned Parenthood locations in the Las Vegas Valley. 

State lawmakers in New York held a public hearing on Monday regarding a legislative proposal granting terminally ill people the so-called right to seek life-ending medication from their physician. A second hearing is planned for May 3 in New York City. This push to legalize assisted suicide in New York has met with staunch opposition from doctors, Catholic bishops, and others who argue that the state does not do enough to support hospice programs.


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