They involve challenges to moves in Kansas and Louisiana, among many other states, to prevent Medicaid patients from choosing Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services. The states say that the Medicaid program, a joint venture of federal and state governments to provide health care to poorer Americans, makes clear that only the Secretary of Health and Human Services can intervene, by withholding money from a state.
The court's action showed a split among the panel's conservatives, and might indicate a reluctance by the majority to take on controversial cases at a time when the Supreme Court is in the political spotlight.
The news on Monday may come as some consolation to abortion rights advocates who opposed Kavanaugh, fearing that the judge - who was replacing moderate retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - would immediately work to restrict access to abortions.
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case which would allow states to block the use of Medicaid for healthcare services at Planned Parenthood. Though Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh did give Planned Parenthood a victory today, the decision does not necessarily mean they do not have "serious objections" to the case, according to CNN Supreme Court analyst Steve Vladeck.
'So what explains the court's refusal to do its job here?' Thomas wrote.
In the Louisiana and Kansas cases before the Supreme Court, federal appeals courts based in Denver and New Orleans found there is a right to sue. "Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty".
Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson told CNA that she did not agree with the court's decision. "Those services are barely offered, if at all at some Planned Parenthoods", added Johnson. "We won't stop fighting for every patient who relies on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving, life-changing care". "The question presented also affects the rights of the States", which are dissaded from making policy decisions they believe to be in the public interest by threats of costly and complex lawsuits. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court's liberals in voting to deny the petition for a writ of certiorari.
Abortion opponents said they hope the court will take up the issue in future cases.
Louisiana and Kansas attempted to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates following the release of undercover videos in 2015 alleging that the group engaged in illegal trafficking in fetal tissue.
"They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act", he wrote. If we didn't have lawless hyperactive lower courts engaging in a daily constitutional convention, that would actually be a good thing, as the judiciary should be a boring place with no input into political issues, which should be left up to the political branches.
Thomas claims that his colleagues were wary of inserting themselves into such a contentious issue. Abortion rights groups maintain that the Daleiden videos were edited to be misleading, and Planned Parenthood later sued his group.
He had kinder words for former President Barack Obama, describing the Democrat as a foil to President Trump in nearly every way. Trump, who fired Comey in May 2017, has denied wrongdoing and has compared the investigations to a "witch hunt".
Time has selected a group of journalists it calls "The Guardians" for the magazine's 2018 Person of the Year edition. Ryan Coogler: The Hollywood Reporter noted that at 32-year-old, Coogler directed Marvel's " Black Panther ".
In this undated photo released by Huawei, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is seen in a portrait photo. At some point Wanzhou even became a permanent resident of Canada - although she has since relinquished her status.
The filing comes after Butina's attorney and prosecutors revealed last month they were actively in talks to settle the case. Maria Butina was arrested on a charges of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.
Getting him back into the cage since his rematch loss to McGregor at UFC 202 has been a tricky proposition for the UFC's bosses. Ortega wasn't a champion, but seemed to be destined to become one as he ran up an impressive record with flair and panache.
And that proposed gas tax was indeed what first prompted the "yellow vest" demonstrations across France , starting on November 17. There were also clashes in other French cities, including Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux, and in neighboring Belgium .
When 13-year-old Hania Aguilar is laid to rest in North Carolina on Saturday her father will be almost 3,000 miles away. Salem says Aguilar only stayed in the USA briefly around the time his daughter was born and then returned home.
Nick Jonas has never shied away from flirting with his Lady Love on social media.And the reception night was no different. Priyanka and Nick are already soaked in the Christmas fervour, starting with watching films complementing the festival.
Roger stood at just over 2m and he weighed in at 89 kilograms. " We've laid him to rest out here so he can be with his family ". For five years Roger was the "boss" at the sanctuary but in 2016 his years started to catch up with him, Mr Barns said.
Lakers Eyeing Trevor Ariza In Three-Team Trade With Phoenix
The first is that Ariza remains a pretty solid player at age 33, now averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The trade can't be completed until December 15th because Ariza and Pope were signed in the summer as free agents.
Theresa May to visit Germany for crisis Brexit talks
Sunderland MPs say the move by Theresa May to hold off on a vote over her Brexit proposal shows it is flawed. Mrs May was engaged in a conference call by telephone with her Cabinet ministers as the story broke.
"Say no to raw dough" says the CDC
Raw flour can be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli), and raw eggs have been a known carrier of salmonella bacteria. The CDC also warned folks to not bake recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes, or eat the cake or batter made with them.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram
Much is at stake for the BJP in these results that are seen as the semi-finals to next year's general elections in April or May. Rajasthan alternates between the BJP and Congress and this time, it looks, the time is up for chief minister Vasundhara aje.