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Victory: Judge Rules Utah Republicans Can’t Block Funding For Planned Parenthood

The right-wing’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood has backfired in Utah.

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that Republican Governor Gary Herbert’s attack on Planned Parenthood was unjust and has issued a court order forcing the state to continue funding these essential health clinics.

Occupy Democrats reports:

Planned Parenthood’s attorney Peggy Tomsic argued that “It [Planned Parenthood] certainly has not violated any requirements for receiving federal pass through funding. Governor Herbert has done this and his directive has been implemented to carry out his own personal and political agenda to punish Planned Parenthood for exercising its constitutional rights.”

The judge agreed, and chastised Governor Herbert for jumping the gun on an ongoing Congressional “investigation” which, judging from the appalling mockery of justice that took place on Capitol Hill today, is nothing more than a partisan witch-hunt. “There’s a reasonable inference this action was taken for political reasons and not a legitimate state reason” stated Waddoups.

The restraining order will be brought back before the judge in two weeks for renewal. The Republican war on women’s rights is their last desperate gasp to win the culture war and impose their perverse interpretation of Christian morality upon an unwilling nation that does values Planned Parenthood more than the Republican Party. And why wouldn’t they? Planned Parenthood provides vital services to millions of Americans every day, while the GOP revels in their legislative dysfunction and their callous disregard for the people they supposedly represent.

Photo credit: Medical Daily.


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