- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal judge says Ohio’s health department must consider a grant application from Planned Parenthood as a law that seeks to divert public money away from the organization is being challenged.

The law was set to take effect in May, though a court order has placed it on hold while the judge weighs the challenge. That order is set to expire Friday.

The legislation targets money Planned Parenthood gets through grants administered by the health department. That money is mostly federal and supports initiatives that provide HIV tests, cancer screenings and other prevention services.

The law bars such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett said Friday under his temporary restraining order that the department must accept and consider the group’s application.

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