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Jan 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Landrigan: Conservative crusade to defund Planned Parenthood fails

CONCORD - This is a talking point for all the Republican presidential candidates and Wednesday, the right-wing move to defund Planned Parenthood took center stage before the House of Representatives.

"This long pattern across many years and many states of defrauding, I believe the state of New Hampshire owes it to the taxpayers to investigate Planned Parenthood," said state Rep. Kurt Wuelper, R-Strafford.

The conservative crusade against Planned Parenthood of Northern New England battle is fought even though Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, would have preferred it did not.

Anti-abortion leaders not believing officials who insist there has been no sale of body parts or even the donation of fetal tissue in this region.

"They didn’t tell the truth when they came to Penacook Street; we don’t know if they are telling the truth now," charges Rep. Kathleen Souza, D-Manchester.

Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan observes: "Perhaps realizing the war against Planned Parenthood, not a winning issue in an election year the Republican leadership tried to table the bill but failed miserably."

The technology gremlins were afoot as the voting machines again broke down and votes of all 400 had to be taken the old fashioned way by voice.

House Clerk Paul Smith called out each and every name to answer yes or no orally.

Then the votes were counted, not automatically, but by hand.

Opponents said the attacks are unfounded.

"It’s a bad bill because it’s built on innuendos, allegations and untruths," said Rep. Lucy Weber, D-Walpole.

After the lopsided, 227-100 vote, Governor Maggie Hassan celebrated the outcome.

"Planned Parenthood is a trusted provider to thousands of women in New Hampshire of basic primary health care, life-saving cancer screenings and it is good today we are reaffirming the right of women to make their own health care decisions," she said.

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