A Supreme Court ruling today validated lower court victories for abortion provider Planned Parenthood in a legal battle over access to the controversial healthcare provider by Medicaid beneficiaries. (NBC News)
The dispute did not involve abortion, but the action by the justices keeps a hot-button political issue off the docket. Three of the court’s conservatives said the court should have taken the case.
Planned Parenthood currently offers Medicaid recipients vaccines, physicals, screening for cancers most often affecting women, contraception services, and pregnancy tests.
Abortion is not offered, because federal funding cannot cover the procedure except in the rare cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening emergencies.
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