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Planned Parenthood lawsuit settled

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Demonstrators hold signs during a pro-choice rally in Washington on April 7, 2011. Republican budget proposals would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood which provides abortion services in addition to other women's health services like family planning and cancer screening. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c82927bb71cdfcd885695fa26e0320ad/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Demonstrators hold signs during a pro-choice rally in Washington on April 7, 2011. Republican budget proposals would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood which provides abortion services in addition to other women's health services like family planning and cancer screening. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

AUSTIN, Texas, April 26 (UPI) -- Officials in Texas say they will pay $21,000 to end a lawsuit by a bus driver fired for refusing to go to Planned Parenthood to avoid the cost of fighting it.

Under the settlement reached with the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, Edwin Graning is barred from future employment with the transit system, which serves the nine-county area around Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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Graning filed suit last year claiming religious discrimination. He said he is a Christian minister and could not drive someone to a clinic where they might be getting an abortion.

The transit system provides bus service on fixed routes and individual pickups. Graning, the lawsuit said, was dispatched to pick up two women who were going to Planned Parenthood and told his supervisor "that, in good conscience, he could not take someone to have an abortion."

Blanco County Commissioner Paul Granberg, who is on the CARTS board, said the decision was made by the lawyers, who told the board it could be settled for less than the likely legal fees.

David Marsh, the transit agency's general manager, said drivers are now warned when they are hired that they cannot refuse legitimate requests for service.

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Graning notified the court of the settlement April 1. The newspaper said it obtained the court filing Monday.

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