- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State attorneys say Utah has an unrestricted right to end its contracts with the local arm of Planned Parenthood for sex education and sexually transmitted disease testing programs.

Utah argued in court documents filed late Friday that Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to block about $200,000 in federal funds to the group is allowed under contract laws.

A judge has temporarily overturned Herbert’s order but will hear arguments in the case on Thursday.

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah sued Herbert in September, arguing his action was unconstitutional and based on unproven allegations that Planned Parenthood officials in other states illegally sold fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

The allegations came from secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Planned Parenthood says it only recoups expenses for providing tissue to researchers and the videos were heavily edited.



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