Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In Planned Parenthood Case

New York Times (Nov. 17, 2015): Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal in Case over Planned Parenthood Documents, by Adam Liptak:

The Supreme Court has rejected a petition to review New Hampshire Right to Life v. Department of Health and Human Services.   The case was brought to force disclosure, under the Freedom of Information Act, of documents a Planned Parenthood affiliate submitted to the federal government in a successful bid for funding.  The plaintiffs in the suit disapprove of using public monies to subsidize the termination of pregnancies. 

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit had reasoned that FOIA carves out an exception for the documents sought in a provision protecting "trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential."  The documents in question contained commercial information. 

Dissenting from the denial of certiorari, Justices Thomas and Scalia took the position that disagreements over the Freedom of Information Act in the lower courts warranted the Supreme Court's review.

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