Judge to weigh Ohio law aimed at Planned Parenthood funds

Planned Parenthood in Dayton (WDTN Photo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether to continue blocking an Ohio law that diverts public money from Planned Parenthood.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in Cincinnati on the merits of the law and whether it should remain on hold.

The law was set to take effect in May, though a temporary order suspends it from doing so until Friday.

The legislation targets money that Planned Parenthood gets through Ohio’s health department. The 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.

Planned Parenthood challenged the law, saying it violates the organization’s constitutional rights by denying the funds “in retaliation for” providing abortions.

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