Pro-life advocates worldwide were dumbfounded by President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh siding with Planned Parenthood on December 10, 2018 by refusing to hear the case Trump apparently hoped would help him make good on his campaign promise to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
In a six to three decision, only U.S. Supreme Court Justisces Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch took the pro-life position. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined Kavanaugh in siding with the four liberal justices.
President Trump might be more shocked than anyone seeing the way Kavanaugh ruled—or in this case, refused to rule, by not agreeing to hear the case. This is quite a loss for pro-lifers since only four justices are required to agree to pick up a case, not a majority of five, so this one was lost by a single vote–Kavanaugh’s vote. Noteworthy is that at least Trump pick U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch took a stand against Planned Parenthood and abortion.
Justice Clarence Thomas responded in disgust to the shocking split decision asking, “So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?” and in answered his own question snapping, “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
Once again, Planned Parenthood has succeeded as positioning the organization is being one that provides more than just abortion services. Perhaps another case in the not-too-distant future will overturn Roe vs. Wade, by the Supreme Court ruling on a straight up abortion case. Time will tell.
Jerry McGlothlin is a freelance writer, publicist, and film producer. In his career, Jerry has provided expert guests to a wide variety of programs shows including Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity. Jerry has worked with numerous celebrities including Barbara Walters and one of his personal favorite clients, the late Ed McMahon, who Jerry personally placed on many dozen talk shows as a guest. With his articles and editorials published in newspapers including USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Time, Jerry has also been featured as the topic of articles in the newspapers including The Washington Post and The New York Times. Jerry McGlothlin is Executive Producer of multiple motion pictures including “A Long Way Off” and “Unbridled. Jerry and his wife Christy have nine children and live in North Carolina.