by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined a 15-state coalition in a federal court appeal. Morrisey said the appeal is aimed at protecting the rights of individual states to block funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that facilitate elective abortions.
The friend of the court brief, filed in support of Ohio, says that many states forbid the use of public funds for abortions. Many courts have upheld this right, the brief argues.
“We must not allow abortion providers to circumvent each state’s prerogative. Instead, we must empower states to enforce statutes that block funding for those who engage in such conduct,” the attorney general said.
West Virginia recently joined similar briefs in support of Kansas and Louisiana. Both of those urge the U.S. Supreme Court to hear and ultimately protect the right of individual states to defund Planned Parenthood and other medical providers for purposes of their Medicaid programs.
West Virginia joined the most recent Michigan-led brief with Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Read a copy of the brief at http://bit.ly/2LRKwOK.