Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the first person confirmed to the court by President Donald Trump, has testified against President Donald Trumps administration on the Trump Administration’s attempt to withhold funding for Planned Parenthood.
In a joint statement with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Kavanaugh, who is on a two-week recess, said he was “unaware” of any provision of the budget that would allow for funding for the organization.
“The President’s proposal is deeply offensive to me, my family, my colleagues and the American people,” he said.
“My job is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not spent on organizations that provide abortions or provide abortions to people who are seeking them.
The funding for abortion is a vital public health priority.”
The budget bill President Donald T. Trump released Wednesday would cut federal funding for health care providers that provide abortion services, but not Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortion services.
The proposed cuts, however, would not affect Medicaid or Title X, which provides health insurance to low-income women and girls.
“There is no reason to cut Planned Parenthood or Medicaid, and I don’t think there is a reason to defund Planned Parenthood,” Kavanaugh said.
He also said that his staff would study how to improve access to reproductive health care services, including through tax credits for health insurance coverage.
“I have made my decision on the issues that matter to me and my family,” he added.
“I cannot and will not make a decision about women’s health until I have a chance to study these issues, and to hear their arguments and have a full opportunity to evaluate them.”