PP investigation/defunding hearing in Concord Tuesday, January 12

#ProtestPP event, Manchester NH 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.
#ProtestPP event, Manchester NH 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.

Ten New Hampshire state representatives are co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 3, calling for the investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood. HJR 3 will have a hearing Tuesday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of the Legislative Office Building.

The hearing will come two days after Planned Parenthood of Northern New England welcomes PP national president Cecile Richards to New Hampshire for an “election kickoff event.”

HJR 3 cites numerous concerns arising from investigative reporting by the Center for Medical Progress and Live Action, reports of Medicaid fraud by PP affiliates in other states, and improper dispensation of prescription medication. The resolution calls for nine actions, including a freeze on any currently allocated state funding for abortion providers, “in particular the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in New Hampshire.” Full text here.

Lead sponsor is Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester), who has worked in the past to allow taxpayers to avoid funding abortion providers.