New Hampshire Defunds Planned Parenthood, Rejects $600K Contract
New Hampshire legislators stripped the state’s six Planned Parenthood clinics of state funds Wednesday, deleting roughly one third of their public funding.
The state’s Republican-led Executive Council rejected a $639,000 funding contract with Planned Parenthood, reported local ABC affiliate WMUR9. The Council cited a series of undercover videos in the meeting, which show top Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and participating in the harvesting, dissection, and distribution of aborted fetuses. (RELATED: See How The Research Sausage Is Made In Latest Planned Parenthood Video)
The Center for Medical Progress plans to release more footage, and has alleged Planned Parenthood is illegally selling the aborted baby parts for profit. But Planned Parenthood maintains the fees it charges are legally legitimate and that they do not profit from the exchange. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Allegations Turn On Squishy McConnell-Backed Law)
The New Hampshire Council told Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan the state should launch an investigation into local Planned Parenthood clinics, but the Attorney General’s office told WMUR9 it’s not pursuing the matter.
“We do not launch criminal investigations in the state of New Hampshire because somebody edits a tape,” Hassan told WMUR9, reciting a talking point used by Planned Parenthood supporters to deflect criticism.
“I find it very, very troubling that anyone would vote against these [Planned Parenthood] contracts, just because the national political climate is a little difficult,” she added.
New Hampshire did approve funding contracts with the Concord Feminist Health Center, the Joan G. Lovering Health Center on the Seacoast and Weeks Medical Center in the North Country.
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