Judge allows Utah to block Planned Parenthood funds

Tuesday , December 22, 2015 - 9:47 AM10 comments

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and LINDSAY WHITEHURST
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has reversed an earlier decision and ruled Utah can cut off federal funds to the state Planned Parenthood organization.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups on Tuesday, Dec. 22, temporarily upholds Gov. Gary Herbert’s order to end contracts for sex education and sexually transmitted disease testing programs.

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah sued in October. They argued the move violated the organization’s First Amendment right to advocate for or perform abortions.

Waddoups temporarily stopped Herbert’s order in October but on Tuesday declined to issue a longer injunction blocking the governor’s directive.

Herbert, a Republican, stopped about $275,000 in federal funds after the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials in other states discussing fetal tissue from abortions.

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