The decision came from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the latest news in a years-long effort to protect state taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
In 2018, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order instructing the state Department of Health and Human Services to “terminate abortion clinics as Medicaid providers.” Planned Parenthood challenged the order in court, and a judge blocked the state from enforcing the order a few months later.
The Post and Courier reports the Fourth Circuit agreed with the judge’s ruling Tuesday, arguing that Medicaid recipients have the freedom to choose a health care provider.
The state “did not contend that PPSAT (Planned Parenthood South Atlantic) was providing subpar service to its Medicaid patients, or to any other patients,” the ruling states. “Instead, PPSAT was terminated solely because it performed abortions outside of the Medicaid program.” ….