AP: Abortion opponents plan NH rally

This article first appeared online at The Boston Globe on July 15, 2011.

Abortion opponents plan NH rally

CONCORD, N.H.—The Washington-based Susan B. Anthony List and New Hampshire’s Cornerstone Action are holding a rally to support the state’s decision to reject a family planning contract.

The rally will be in Concord on Friday.

The Executive Council last month declined to renew a two-year contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to serve 16,000 state residents. The bulk of funding for the state family planning grants comes from the federal government, which requires statewide access to care.

Rejection of the $1.8 million contract last month prompted six Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire to stop dispensing birth control July 1.

Opponents said the state should not contract with Planned Parenthood because it also provides abortions.

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