New Hampshire: Cancel Our Planned Parenthood Funding


Earlier this year, New Hampshire was one of the many states to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood locally, with their executive council voting 3-2 to end state funding to the clinic in order to “protect taxpayers from funding abortions.”

As with many of the other states, the Health and Human Services department has intervened, in this case to provide their own grant money to the health clinics directly, circumventing the state all together.

And the council is furious.

Calling it an “urgent replacement grant” that would “minimize the interruption of needed clinical services and to protect the public health in New Hampshire,”  the administration is offering $1.1 million in funding for reproductive care, screenings and birth control for women and men who are unable to pay for their own health care.   The grant would make up a large portion of the $1.8 million that the five member state committee cut.

But those three members who wanted the funding stripped are criticizing the HHS for simply stepping in and overruling them.  Despite the fact that the grant would save the state the nearly $2 million it cut and still provide low income adults with contraception and other health care services, the members are complaining about having their executive powers thwarted.  Because it was never about saving money, it was about trying to close the state’s clinics.

Even at the expense of more unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease.

Does a state have a right to decide what businesses are and aren’t allowed to operate in its state?  And does the federal government have the right to go over their head and provide the funding to allow that business to operate, especially if the administration believes it serves a greater good?  You can bet both questions will be asked repeatedly as the battle between Republicans and Planned Parenthood gets even uglier.


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Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold5 years ago

We are going to see changes. Some good most bad. If you think there was an exodus from Florida, what will happen in NH will make FL seem like a drop in the ocean.

Thomas A.
Thomas A6 years ago

The answers to both questions at the end of the article are "YES". It is the Federal gov't. Federal laws, rules and programs supercede State laws, rules and programs. It is that way by definition, deliberately by design. It's the whole point of a Federal gov't, really.

That is primarily why the Constitution was written - to replace the Articles of Confederation, which governed the US from 1781-1787. It was a disaster. The country had no way of staying together and operating as an efficient, cohesive whole. The central gov't at that time could not mandate anything important, such as a national system of roads. Trade treaties could not be effectively negotiated. States bickered amongst themselves and imposed tariffs on each others' goods! Can you imagine how horribly inefficient and economically devastating that would be today? Where would we be without the Interstate Highway System?!?

HHS is doing what it is supposed to do. Furthermore, it should be a crime for these "officials" in NH for deliberately wiping out affordable health care.

It has nothing to do with abortion. There is already a law against using public funds for abortions. This is about screwing over as many people as possible in the name of "fiscal responsibility".

Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond6 years ago

Health services is a matter between a person and their doctor. The law has no place in the doctor's office. It has no place in our bodies. Certainly not in our crotch.
A recent bumper sticker I saw said it so well, "KEEP YOUR FAITH OUT OF MY SCIENCE!"

Superstition is harmful to children and other living things!

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Mike C. "You seem to feel everyone should be dependent, well that's how you loose freedom."

There you go again, assuming you know what I think. You can barely form words let alone read minds.

By your logic, no funding for abortions....more people on welfare, no funding for welfare...more crime....and taxes.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

If the citizens of a state, give up their power of choice to legislators, to restrict their indivual freedoms, the next legislation they pass, may not be to YOUR liking. Once, you give away your own power, it is gone, not to return.
Be careful what you wish for!!!

Here is perfect example of the far-right wanting exacting what they profess to deny - MORE GOVERNMENT intervention in the lives of its citizens. Don't believe what someone says; believe what someone does.

Heather G.
Heather G6 years ago

You "loose (sic) freedom" when you fall for sentimental party-lines like unborn babies and "my" taxdollars instead of thinking for yourself.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

When you get pregnant @ Mike C. you can talk. You have no voice in this.

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie6 years ago

sorry Patrick but I'm one of the 53% who pay income tax and I can have an opinion how that money is used. It's a free country and paople are free to be stupid and in my opinion people should take responsibility for their choices.
You are correct in saying I will never see that money because I'm not dependent on the goverment. You seem to feel everyone should be dependent, well that's how you loose freedom.

Bonnie B.
Bonnie B6 years ago

The Republicans constantly shout that they want smaller government and less interference...unless, of course it comes to a woman's private parts or someones sex life! Thank you, Ray. I agree. The record on Human Rights in the US is, thanks to the Republican Party, disintegrating daily. We let financial sector criminals not only go free, but to continue to benefit from their crimes, while we arrest and pepper spray American citizens exercising their Constitutional Rights to voice their descent through peaceful protest. They want to deregulate all protections for our citizens (and turn a blind eye to corporate abuses around the globe) and regulate what a woman may do with her own body for her own well being, and to go along with this they want to continue to subsidize highly profitable corporations but not the health and well being of the country's citizens. VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Jeanne-Marie A.
JM A6 years ago