New Hampshire Bill Would Cut Planned Parenthood Tax Funding

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 8, 2011   |   12:57PM   |   Concord, NH

In light of a slew of new videos showing officials at local centers of the nation’s largest abortion business helping sex traffickers, a New Hampshire legislator has filed a bill to cut off state taxpayer funding.

Rep. Robert Willette, a Republican from Milford, says the state should save the $700,000 a year it sends to the Planned Parenthood abortion business for family planning efforts and has filed House Bill 228-FN, which will receive a hearing this afternoon before the Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.

Willette told the Union Leader newspaper Planned Parenthood “is not as pure as white” and that taxpayers should not be forced to fund an agency that does abortions. The legislation would prohibit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services from entering into a contract with Planned Parenthood or any other abortion business.

Reps. Lawrence Kappler, David Bates, John Cebrowski, Warren Groen, and Jon. Richardson have signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation, but Planned Parenthood officials are hitting back and making claims the bill would cost the state money because the funds have supposedly been preventing pregnancies.

Kary Nealle Jencks, New Hampshire director of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, told the newspaper 15,800 patients came to its centers in 2010 at the six locations it maintains throughout the Granite State in West Lebanon, Claremont, Keene, Manchester, Derry and Exeter. She said she believes the bill, which has come up before, will be defeated again.

“In 2009 and 2007 it was rejected in the House because it casts a wide net,” Jencks said. “With this we are looking at the state being prohibited from contracting with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, community health centers and denying the use of federal family planning money. It casts a wide net and basically has the potential of shutting down the largest academic research hospital.”

The Union Leader indicates Planned Parenthood received about $700,000 in state taxpayer funds via Federal Title 10 money the Health and Human Services Department doled out to the state in 2010.

Recent sting operations have revealed Planned Parenthood center staffers were willing to provide assistance to alleged operators of a sex trafficking ring — ranging from helping them arrange abortions for the underage girls they said they were victimizing to showing them how to avoid scrutiny and skirt parental involvement laws. The videos covered Planned Parenthood centers in Richmond and also other centers in Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Falls Church.

Today, a new video reveals staff at a New York City Planned Parenthood abortion business going further. While staff at the Planned Parenthood centers in other states offered to arrange abortions or STD testing for the sex traffickers and guided them in how to keep the actions from authorities, staff in New York tell the Undercover “pimp” he can pose as a guardian to get discounts for his underage sex workers. The abortion center staff assure him they will  see underage girls as young as 13 who have been victimized by the sex traffickers.

Live Action also filmed Planned Parenthood staff helping sex traffickers in New Jersey — and the nurse who aided the alleged traffickers there has already been fired and the state health department is looking into the problems further.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has already received the full, unedited footage of the Planned Parenthood expose’ videos and he told CBS 6 WVTR in Richmond that they are “shocking.”