As I reported via social media earlier today from the New Hampshire Executive Council chamber, the Council today approved a family planning contract with two abortion providers, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Joan Lovering Center. The vote was 3-2, with Councilor Chris Sununu in the majority. Sununu voted in favor of a PP contract in 2011 but against one last year.
Today’s contract was a second bite at the apple for PPNNE after being denied a contract by the Council last August. Part of the funds under today’s contract are considered retroactive, meaning PPNNE will get taxpayer dollars for this fiscal year despite last August’s Council vote against such funding.
Councilors Colin VanOstern and Chris Pappas joined Sununu in supporting the contracts today. David Wheeler and Joe Kenney said no.