Aug 4, 2015 8:05 PM
Landrigan: NH Executive Council faces showdown vote over Planned Parenthood contracts
An executive councilor is calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to pull family planning contracts up for a vote tomorrow for two Planned Parenthood clinics in Manchester and Claremont.
"It’s a crime and the state should not be subsidizing criminal activity and it’s a serious, serious issue," conservative Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler said
Wheeler cites the secret video showing a national Planned Parenthood official taking about the sale of fetal body parts for profit.
"There is no evidence and no allegation that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England engages in even voluntary tissue donation,’’ Gov. Maggie Hassan says in response to Wheeler’s letter.
But Wheeler said the local group can’t be trusted.
"You can’t divorce Planned Parenthood of Northern New England from the national organization,’’ Wheeler says.
A supportive councilor urged colleagues to resist the national outrage from many Republican presidential candidates.
"As elected officials we need to focus on the policy not the politics here,’’ said Councilor Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord. "There is no question the policy is the right policy for our state. It has been supported on a bipartisan basis including by three of the sitting five executive councilors.’’
Councilor Chris Sununu clearly the man in the middle, two years ago he voted for these contracts but no doubt faces intense pressure to change his mind.
"This is about women in New Hampshire being able to access important health care,’’ Hassan added.
Planned Parenthood backers plan a rally outside the State House before the council meeting Wednesday.