Judge blocks Ohio from stripping Planned Parenthood funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge says Ohio must continue providing certain funding to Planned Parenthood while he weighs a challenge to a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett granted a temporary restraining order Monday blocking the state from enforcing that part of the law.

The law targets money that Planned Parenthood gets through Ohio’s health department. That money is mostly federal and supports initiatives that provide HIV tests, cancer screenings and other education and prevention services.

The state’s law would bar such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions.

Planned Parenthood says Ohio’s law violates their constitutional rights by denying them the funds “in retaliation for” providing abortions.

The law was slated to take effect Monday.

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