A federal judge has sided with Utah’s move to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood amid debate about the national group’s handling of fetal tissue.
The Tuesday ruling upholds the governor’s August order blocking about $275,000 coming first to Utah and then on to the state affiliate. Gov. Gary Herbert said he was reacting to the release of videos secretly recorded by a California anti-abortion group.
On Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in a written order that the state had authority to end agreements for an after-school sex-education program, a network that monitors sexually transmitted diseases and an STD testing program.