U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton joined more than 20 senators in filing a court brief in support of states prohibiting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
Senators submitted an amicus brief this week asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast v. Gee. A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case currently prohibits states from eliminating taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid.
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.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) led the amicus brief that in addition to Boozman and Cotton was signed by Senators: Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), 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), 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).
For a PDF copy of the amicus brief, click here.