Before last week, the last time Planned Parenthood of Northern New England heard “no” from the Executive Council was in 2011. When PPNNE’s Title X contract proposal was rejected that year, the agency mysteriously obtained a compensatory federal grant without a public hearing or process of disclosure. How did that happen? New Hampshire Right to Life filed suit at that time to get information about the grant, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom and local allied attorney Michael Tierney. The case has slowly made its way through federal courts. This week, ADF filed a petition for a hearing on the case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
From LifeNews.com: “The Obama administration is keeping documents secret related to a non-competitive grant the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded directly to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in 2011 without going through state approval or standard protocols and despite the fact that the state decided not to fund Planned Parenthood that year….ADF says HHS has continued to refuse to provide certain grant documents on the grounds that they might affect Planned Parenthood’s ‘competitive position’ if it faces a commercial grant competitor in the future.”
Read the full LifeNews.com post: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/10/obama-admin-defends-secrecy-of-1-million-grant-to-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz/
Read ADF press release about the petition here.
In a post on NHRTL’s Facebook page the day the petition was filed, NHRTL President Jane Cormier commented that in the wake of the recent Executive Council vote against a PP contract, “[W]e must NOT allow this backdoor funding to happen again. NHRTL will fight against the federal government usurping NH fiscal decisions. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will hear this case.”