Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Singleton v. Wulff
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Singleton (Plaintiff) was a Missouri-licensed physician who, along with another Missouri physician, challenged the constitutionality of a Missouri statute that prohibited Medicaid funding of abortions that were not “medically indicated.” Plaintiff sued Wulff (defendant), the Missouri state official responsible for determining the appropriateness of Medicaid benefits, on behalf of impoverished female clients that depended on Medicaid benefits to fund their abortions. The district court dismissed Plaintiff’s case for lack of standing to bring this claim. The court of appeals reversed, finding that Plaintiff had standing and also ruled for Plaintiff on the merits. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine the standing issue.
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