By Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court is ordering Utah to continue sending money to the state branch of Planned Parenthood, overturning an earlier ruling that allowed the governor to defund the organization.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Tuesday the order may have violated the organization’s constitutional rights.

The judges extended a court order keeping the money flowing while the larger court battle plays out.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert cut off the funding for STD and sex education programs last fall, following the release of secretly recorded videos showing out-of-state employees discussing fetal tissue from abortions.

Herbert said he was offended by the callousness of the discussion shown on the videos.

Planned Parenthood says it did nothing wrong and the move amounted to political retribution against an organization he opposes.

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