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Rubio, Wicker, Colleagues Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court Supporting State Laws to Defund Planned Parenthood

May 31, 2018 | Comunicados de Prensa

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and 22 other senators today in submitting an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Gee v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case currently prohibits states from eliminating taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid.
Joining Rubio and Wicker were Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), John Boozman (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), James Risch (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
In the amicus brief, the senators challenge the Fifth Circuit’s ruling based on their interpretation of congressional intent in the Medicaid Act and state sovereignty in granting Medicaid provider status. They argue the Supreme Court should hear the case because circuit courts have offered contradictory opinions in similar cases.
For a PDF copy of the amicus brief, click here.