Judge prevents Trump from cutting Planned Parenthood grants


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Spokane has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in Western states.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice issued his ruling late Tuesday, saying public interest weighs in favor of Planned Parenthood.

The lawsuit by Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho sought to reverse a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to cut funding to the pregnancy prevention program.

The Spokesman-Review reports the decision marked the second time a federal judge found in favor of Planned Parenthood, after a ruling last week in Washington, D.C.

The agency last July informed recipients of pregnancy-prevention grants it would be terminating the program two years early.

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