Bipartisan Support to Protect Essential Health Care Services
and promote Healthy Communities
Concord, NH — In a 3-2 vote today, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to fund a contract that will allow Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire to continue to provide services like access to birth control, STI testing and treatment, well-woman exams, and cancer screenings.
Ten family planning contracts were on the agenda today, including the one for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in an amount of $274,000 per year for a two year period (FY 2018-2019) effective retroactively beginning July 1, 2017. With 66 percent of New Hampshire patients earning incomes at or below the 150% Federal Poverty Level (or $17,820/annually) PPNNE is a critical component of the state’s health care safety net and thanks in large part to the work of PPNNE, unintended pregnancy and abortion rates have declined significantly in New Hampshire – saving the state millions in taxpayer dollars.
Statement from Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Policy
“We are pleased with today’s bipartisan support from Governor Sununu and a majority of the Executive Councilors ensuring that thousands of New Hampshire women, men and young people can continue to access affordable preventative health care, including contraception, well-woman exams, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state. Access to family planning services is critical for healthy families and healthy communities and Planned Parenthood has been a partner with the State of New Hampshire for nearly 50 years.”
Councilors Russell Prescott (R – Kingston), Chris Pappas (D-Manchester), and Andru Volinksy (D-Concord) voted today to preserve access for the nearly 11,000 patients who rely on the care provided at Planned Parenthood’s five health centers in New Hampshire.
Outside political groups opposed to abortion and some forms of birth control had targeted the Councilors with a campaign urging that they reject contracts with any organizations that offers abortion, even though those services are privately funded.
Polls consistently show strong support for Planned Parenthood and extraordinarily strong opposition to blocking patients from care. New Hampshire has one of the lowest unintended pregnancies and teen pregnancy rates in the country.