Judge backs Utah’s decision to cut off $275,000 to Planned Parenthood

By Dave Andrusko

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has reversed an earlier decision that had temporarily kept money flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. This means the state of Utah can cut off the funds to PPFA of Utah even as the organization is continuing its legal challenge to the decision to cut off $275,000 in funding which it initiated in October.

“[T]hese are the types of decisions that should be left to elected officials and not managed by the courts,” Waddoups wrote in his decision. Waddoups had previously issued a temporary order allowing the funds to continue throughout the end of the year.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s actions in August came after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos exposing how callously and flippantly leading PPFA officials treated the extraction of intact body parts from mature unborn babies.

According to Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune

“We now have a video where they’re selling fetus body parts for money and it’s an outrage and the people of Utah are outraged. I’m outraged. So for coloring outside the lines, Planned Parenthood forfeits some of their benefits,” Herbert said.

“Even though it may not have happened in Utah, it happened in their organization,” he said. “If [the federal government] wants to fund Planned Parenthood, fund them directly. We don’t have to be in the middle of that issue. We’re going to do everything we can within the law to stop doing that.”

Planned Parenthood has successfully sued several other states that had cut off funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider.