By Ben Winslow and Matt McDonald
A federal appeals court has granted Planned Parenthood’s restraining order against the state of Utah, prohibiting Governor Gary Herbert from cutting off funding to the reproductive rights group.
In an order issued Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a decision made by a federal judge here in Utah, which allowed the governor to block federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. The group will get money to continue sex education and sexually transmitted infection testing, while the case continues to be litigated in the courts.
In a statement, Governor Herbert’s office said he was disappointed with the ruling.
“The governor is disappointed with the court’s split decision today,” said Herbert spokesman Jon Cox. “He believes that it is in the public’s best interest to allow state officials to make contract decisions on behalf of the state, rather than a distant federal court. The governor will work with the attorney general to review the court’s decision and determine the best course of action moving forward.”
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