- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a request from Planned Parenthood of Utah to keep the governor from cutting off federal funding (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Utah say the organization is being wrongly punished over videos showing employees from another state discussing fetal tissue from abortions.

The lawyers asked a Denver-based federal appeals court on Tuesday to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed Gov. Gary Herbert to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Utah.

He ordered state agencies to stop distributing federal money for sexually transmitted disease programs and sex education last fall, saying he was offended by the callousness of the discussion shown on the videos.

State attorneys say Herbert had the right to cut the funding because the group had an at-will contract with the state.

Judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked pointed questions during a 30-minute hearing. They didn’t indicate when they would rule.

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2 a.m.

The Utah branch of Planned Parenthood is set to ask a federal appeals court Tuesday to reverse a judge’s decision that allowed the governor to cut off its funding after the release of secretly recorded videos showing out-of-state employees discussing fetal tissue from abortions.

Planned Parenthood says it did nothing wrong, and U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups abused his discretion when he allowed the governor’s decision to stand.

Gov. Gary Herbert ordered state agencies to stop distributing federal money for STD and sex education programs last fall, saying he was offended by the callousness of the discussion shown on the videos.

The appeals court has issued an emergency order keeping the federal money flowing, and Planned Parenthood wants to extend it.

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