FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2011
Contact: Ciara Matthews, (202) 630-7067
President Opens Door to Contract Directly with Planned Parenthood, Bypassing State
Washington, D.C. – The Susan B. Anthony List today condemned the Obama Administration for its decision to directly contract with family planning clinics in the state of New Hampshire. The move comes after New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted in June to no longer contract with Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.
“President Obama has proven time and again that he will do whatever it takes to ensure that Planned Parenthood continues to receive taxpayer subsidies, even if that means going around a state’s elected representatives,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Obama is the most pro-abortion President in our country’s history and his allegiance to Planned Parenthood is unwavering.”
Prior to New Hampshire’s Executive Council decision, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England had a $1.8 million contract with the state. In June, the council voted 3-2 to no longer continue that contract, citing Planned Parenthood’s practice of providing abortions. As a result, Planned Parenthood lobbied the Council and other elected officials in the state for a re-vote which proved to be unsuccessful.
“Taxpayers are becoming more and more vocal about their dissatisfaction with their dollars being used to fund America’s abortion giant,” Dannenfelser continued. “Obama heard these requests during the recent budget debate and chose to ignore them, putting the funding of the federal government at risk to ensure Planned Parenthood would continue to receive taxpayer money. This decision to directly contract with family planning clinics, of which Planned Parenthood is included, is another decision which flies in the faces of American voters.”
In July, SBA List held a rally in Concord, New Hampshire to show support for the Council’s vote and urged them to stay the course. Including New Hampshire, eight states have successfully cut Planned Parenthood’s funding to the tune of nearly $60.4 million dollars. The SBA List is working with pro-life grassroots organizations in those states to ensure funding is not restored and is also taking up action in other states to encourage similar results.
The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of more than 330,000 Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.