- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Planned Parenthood can start taking Utah’s state money, as a federal appeals court granted an injunction Wednesday against the governor’s effort to defund the abortion provider.

The injunction by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes less than a week after a judge permitted Gov. Gary Herbert’s denial of the state’s Medicaid funds.

“We are thrilled with today’s decision, which will allow our trusted health care providers and educators to continue serving the thousands of Utahns who depend on us as the appeals process proceeds,” said Karrie Galloway, CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, in a press release. “In the meantime, we will count on our partners at the Utah Department of Health to continue honoring the four contracts slated to end December 31, 2015.”

Utah was the first state to successfully persuade a trial judge that state officials can defund Planned Parenthood, after federal judges blocked a half-dozen other states’ efforts.

The defunding campaigns came in response to a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials, among other things, haggling to maximize handling fees for fetal organs and discussing manipulating abortion procedures to get the parts intact.

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