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Singleton v. Wulff

United States Supreme Court
428 U.S. 106 (1976)



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.” Singleton brought suit against 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 Singleton’s case for lack of standing to bring this claim. The court of appeals reversed, finding that Singleton had standing and also ruled for Singleton on the merits. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine the standing issue.

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Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Powell, J.)

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