Iowa judge blocks law defunding Planned Parenthood sex ed

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DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has temporarily blocked a law that defunds Planned Parenthood’s federal sexual education funding.

The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the state after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law earlier this month

From the Des Moines Register:

In a ruling Wednesday, Polk County District Court Judge Joseph Seidlin granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a temporary injunction. The sections of the law blocking Planned Parenthood from accessing funding will now be temporarily blocked from taking effect until the lawsuit is resolved.

The judge wrote that without the injunction, Planned Parenthood would likely be harmed by losing out on grant funding for the upcoming year, which is set to be awarded in the near future. The organization received about $268,000 from the two programs this year.

One of the grants is aimed at reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, according to the lawsuit. The other grant money in the current budget year is expected to serve young people in settings like middle school and high school, community-based and after-school programs, juvenile detention centers, substance abuse treatment facilities and out-of-home placements for youth in foster care.

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