Ohio to appeal order in Planned Parenthood case

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio will appeal a federal judge’s order that blocks a state law intended to divert public money from Planned Parenthood.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati sided with Planned Parenthood on Friday in granting a permanent injunction. The law was initially set to take effect in May, though court orders had suspended it.

A spokesman for Ohio’s Republican attorney general says the state will appeal the ruling.

Planned Parenthood officials are applauding the decision. Cecile Richards, the national head of Planned Parenthood, says momentum is on its side. She calls it a win for Ohioans who rely on Planned Parenthood.

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

The Ohio law would have barred such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions.