PP investigation/defunding hearing in Concord Tuesday, January 12

#ProtestPP event, Manchester NH 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.
#ProtestPP event, Manchester NH 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.

Ten New Hampshire state representatives are co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 3, calling for the investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood. HJR 3 will have a hearing Tuesday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of the Legislative Office Building.

The hearing will come two days after Planned Parenthood of Northern New England welcomes PP national president Cecile Richards to New Hampshire for an “election kickoff event.”

HJR 3 cites numerous concerns arising from investigative reporting by the Center for Medical Progress and Live Action, reports of Medicaid fraud by PP affiliates in other states, and improper dispensation of prescription medication. The resolution calls for nine actions, including a freeze on any currently allocated state funding for abortion providers, “in particular the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in New Hampshire.” Full text here.

Lead sponsor is Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester), who has worked in the past to allow taxpayers to avoid funding abortion providers.

NH’s Upcoming PP Contract Vote: the Basics

Mary Simpson brought a blunt message to State House Plaza.
Mary Simpson brought a blunt message to State House Plaza at the recent WomenBetrayed/Defund PP rally in Concord.

New Hampshire’s Executive Council will vote next Wednesday, August 5, on giving tax money to Planned Parenthood and two other New Hampshire abortion providers as well as to one other agency. A family planning contract for $1,070,000 has been proposed that includes four vendors. If passed, the contract will be worth $638,900 to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, $179,800 to the Concord Feminist Health Center, $134,200 to Greenland’s Lovering Health Center, and $117,100 to Weeks Medical in northern New Hampshire.

On the web page for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund is a statement that if the Executive Council doesn’t hand over $638,900 of your tax money this week, health care for 12,000 New Hampshire women is at risk.

According to the 2014 financial report for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – a report that is part of Wednesday’s contract proposal – PPNNE spent  $998,262 on fundraising last year, $1.5 million on public policy work, and $214,000 on marketing and communication. Yet if a $638,900 government contract fails to materialize, women’s health care is at risk.

To learn more about the contract, the Councilors, and what you can do before the vote, click on this link for my latest email newsletter.