Rallies to precede Executive Council vote tomorrow

Mary Simpson brought a blunt message to State House Plaza.
A State House rally preceded the last PPNNE & Lovering contract votes.

The New Hampshire Executive Council is less than 18 hours away from voting on contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Lovering Center, both abortion facilities. This is a second bite at the current-fiscal-year apple for PP, whose last bid for a family planning contract was rejected by the Council on a 3-2 vote.

Those who want to keep taxpayers free from collusion with abortion providers will rally before the Council meeting. So will those who think reduction in taxpayer funding is an attack on health care (“but they do so much good…!). 

New Hampshire Right to Life is organizing the rally in opposition to the contracts. 

The Council meeting itself begins at 10 a.m. in the Council chambers on the second floor of the State House. The agenda has dozens of items; the PP/Lovering contracts are agenda item #30.

Before last August’s vote, I took note of PPNNE’s financial reports, which are part of this year’s contract bid as well as last year’s.

According to the 2014 financial report for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England – a report that is part of Wednesday’s contract proposal — PPNNE spent  $998,262 on fundraising last year, $1.5 million on public policy work, and $214,000 on marketing and communication.

The PPNNE contract up for a vote on Wednesday is for $539,304. In view of PPNNE’s $20 million overall budget and more than $2.5 million spent on fundraising, marketing and public policy, no one needs to worry that denial of the contract is “defunding.”

That’s not what I’m likely to hear from PP’s partisan’s tomorrow – but it’s the truth nonetheless.