SCOTUS Drops Planned Parenthood Ruling That Has Trump Exploding

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As a result of the ultra-conservatives easing their way inside of the Republican party in an  invasion, they have tipped the scales on the party’s whole complexion. Add to that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it his life’s mission to fill the courts with conservative judges. That leaves a flock of grey-haired men deciding what women can do with their uteruses.

Conservative religious groups opposing abortion have accepted Trump’s cruelty, non-Christian behavior, and reported sexual abuse. In that attempt, they have traded their souls for the ability to impose their religious beliefs upon all American women — exactly what our forefathers were attempting to escape.

Anti-abortion rights group Center for Medical Progress filed a lawsuit to block Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the group, which filmed its employees and released a highly edited video.

Planned Parenthood claimed the Center for Medical Progress violated a number of state laws. The group hit back referring to California’s “anti-SLAPP” statute (strategic lawsuits against public participation), according to CNN.

The Supreme Court’s ruling to not hear the Center for Medical Progress suit effectively blocked it and let the federal appeals court ruling stand.

This all began in early 2015 when the Center secretly taped the nonprofit’s employees discussing the issue of selling fetal tissue, then released a highly biased video. Planned Parenthood officials have consistently maintained that the organization does not make money from tissue donations to medical research. It only collects enough to cover its costs of the transfer.

Planned Parenthood sued the Center for Medical Progress in early 2016. The Republican legislators decided to attack Planned Parenthood and repeatedly tried to block funding to the nonprofit.

CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law Steve Vladeck called it a “messy dispute:”

‘The anti-abortion group had tried to rely upon California’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ statute to argue that Planned Parenthood was trying to chill their First Amendment rights rather than sue them on legitimate grounds.’

Vladeck continued stating the Supreme Court was “leaving that ruling (the anti-SLAPP statute) intact:”

‘The Court of Appeals rejected that argument, holding that Planned Parenthood’s claims were more than strong enough to overcome the anti-SLAPP statute, and allowing their case to go forward. By leaving that ruling intact, the justices today stayed out, at least for now, of a messy dispute over alleged mischaracterizations of Planned Parenthood’s abortion-related activities.’

Planned Parenthood claimed that the Center for Medical Progress committed “wire and mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording and trespassing.” Its suit asked for “damages court order barring the group from entering Planned Parenthood facilities under false pretenses and covertly recording the group’s officials and business.”

Dr. Leana Wenn joined Planned Parenthood after longtime director Cecile Richards (2006 to 2018) retired. Wenn has been fighting Donald Trump’s attempts to curb Planned Parenthood’s services. In just one example:

‘(She has) fought to protect women and families from the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on basic health care protections. In March 2018, the City of Baltimore sued the Trump administration for cutting teen pregnancy prevention funds, which resulted in a federal judge ordering the restoration of $5 million in grant funding to Baltimore’s teen pregnancy prevention programs. She has fought Trump administration changes to the Title X program to protect funding for 23 health clinics in Baltimore providing reproductive health care for low-income women.’