SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 5, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Denver’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has set a March 8 date to begin hearing the case involving Gov. Gary Herbert’s defunding of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.
Herbert in August announced he was blocking federal funding that the Utah Department of Health was contracted to forward to Planned Parenthood to help pay for public reproductive health and education.
Herbert has said his decision to block funding was influenced by the release of secretly recorded videos from another state that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue from abortions.
Karrie Galloway, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) has said that no funding received through the state of Utah is used to fund abortions.
PPAU filed an appeal to Herbert’s order in September. On Dec. 22, Federal Judge Clark Waddoups upheld the state’s right to defund Planned Parenthood of Utah. PPAU had received $275,000 annually from federal funds provided to Utah. The non-profit’s total annual budget is $8 million.
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah won an injunction on Dec. 30, which temporarily stopped Herbert’s order from going into effect. That injunction was from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has scheduled the hearing for next month.