SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge said the state of Utah can end its contract with Planned Parenthood, which is paid for with federal funds.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued the order Dec. 22.
In October, he had blocked an effort by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to defund the Utah affiliate of Planned Parenthood.
Herbert had issued an order in August to cut the funding based on secretly recorded videos released earlier in the year by a California organization, the Center for Medical Progress, that describe Planned Parenthood leaders as selling fetal tissue from abortions for research purposes.
“These are the types of decisions that should be left to elected officials,” Waddoups wrote in his order, “and not managed by the courts.”
The money at issue comes to about $275,000. The programs that had been funded with the money were an after-school sex education program, a program that tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and a network that monitors STDs.