Missouri’s Supreme Court docket is about to determine if the state can block Deliberate Parenthood from receiving taxpayer-funded Medicaid reimbursements.
Cole County Circuit Decide Jon Beetem had dominated in December that it was unconstitutional for the state to dam Deliberate Parenthood from receiving the funds.
Final week, Missouri Lawyer Basic Andrew Bailey filed an attraction for the Division of Social Companies, which handles the Medicaid payouts.
The Joplin Globe reports, “In 2020, the Missouri Supreme Court docket struck down language in a price range invoice that excluded abortion suppliers or their associates from receiving Medicaid reimbursements, calling it a ‘bare try’ to legislate by a price range invoice. And the problem itself has been round for many years: Missouri lawmakers have been trying to limit public funds from going to Deliberate Parenthood for the reason that mid-Nineteen Nineties.”
“The concept that the state Legislature is required to fund Deliberate Parenthood is ridiculous,” Lawyer Basic Andrew Bailey mentioned in a press release Thursday to The Impartial.
Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO of Deliberate Parenthood of the St. Louis Area and Southwest Missouri, mentioned in a press release obtained by the outlet that she is assured “the Supreme Court docket will — but once more — reject this clear political assault on a trusted well being care supplier and affirm the decrease court docket’s ruling in favor of Deliberate Parenthood.”
“Our elected leaders ought to cease taking part in video games with their constituents’ well being care and placing our sufferers’ well being care entry in danger,” Rodríguez added.
Deliberate Parenthood filed a lawsuit in opposition to Missouri’s Division of Social Companies in March 2022. The group argued that the state can’t deny Medicaid funding for non-abortion companies they supply, together with STI exams.