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Battles over funding for Planned Parenthood have become a familiar political drama over the past several years.

In this year’s gubernatorial election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern is hoping to use his opponent Republican Chris Sununu’s history on the issue against him. But the history can get complicated.

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The political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England waded into the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday morning when it endorsed Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. The move has exposed a disagreement among abortion rights activists over the role they should play in this election.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu continues to draw fire from his rivals. During a debate on WGIR radio Wednesday morning, Republican Frank Edelblut said Sununu's Executive Council vote to fund Planned Parenthood was not conservative. Sununu defended his vote.

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New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved state funding for Planned Parenthood.

The 3-2 vote on a family planning contract comes ten months after the council rejected an almost identical contract by the same margin.

Chris Sununu has voted for state contracts with Planned Parenthood , and he's voted against them.

This one, which would send $638,000 to seven clinics, five run by Planned Parenthood. It would subsidize low cost birth control, STD testing, and cancer screenings. 

The fight over the contract could prove a big moment in the race for governor. Democrats, including fellow councilor and gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern are pushing Sununu, who identifies as pro-choice, to support the contract. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The Executive Council this week will take up the issue of state funding for Planned Parenthood, a vote that could have political implications in the race for governor.

Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern sit on the five-member panel that will take up the $549,000 contract for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England at a meeting Wednesday.

Sununu and Van Ostern are among the slate of candidates looking to replace outgoing Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.

Excerpted from Planned Parenthood Votes Ad

 A political action committee affiliated with Planned Parenthood is spending $400,000 to target Kelly Ayotte in its first TV ad focused on 2016 Senate races.

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On the Political Front."

The New Hampshire Union Leader has been booted as co-sponsor of the lone New Hampshire GOP presidential debate.  The network’s explanation: the Union Leader’s editorials going after GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Allegra Boverman

For the first time in its 100 year history, Planned Parenthood has endorsed a candidate in a presidential primary: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton officially accepted the endorsement yesterday afternoon in Manchester. NHPR’s Natasha Haverty reports.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in New Hampshire has reopened nearly six weeks after police say it was badly damaged by a hatchet-wielding juvenile.

The Claremont clinic reopened Monday, three days after police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said a man opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic there, killing a police officer and two civilians.

In New Hampshire, Claremont Police Chief Alexander Scott says officers are cognizant of what happened and are keeping an extra eye on the facility. He says the clinic has installed internal security upgrades since the Oct. 21 vandalism.

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New Hampshire Right To Life will not receive documents about Planned Parenthood they requested from the federal government five years ago.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal to a lower court ruling that allowed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to withhold documents, in part because the documents contain confidential commercial information that might undermine Planned Parenthood’s ability to compete for patients.

Planned Parenthood officials say a Claremont clinic that police say was badly damaged by a hatchet-wielding juvenile will be closed for three more weeks while contractors work to repair extensive damage.


Planned Parenthood officials say a Claremont clinic that police say was badly damaged by a hatchet-wielding juvenile they captured inside will remained closed at least through this week.

Jennifer Frizzell, vice president for public policy for Planned Parenthood Northern New England, says patients of the Claremont clinic with immediate needs should seek treatment at the two closest Planned Parenthood clinics — one in Keene, New Hampshire, and the other in White River Junction, Vermont. Both are about a half-hour's drive from the Claremont clinic.

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Planned Parenthood funding was a rallying cry during Saturday’s state Democratic convention and Jeanne Shaheen kept at an Exeter Planned Parenthood clinic.

“It’s very disappointing to see extremists using this issue as a political football at the expense of women’s health.”

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu says he’s still hoping to find alternative organizations that can provide women’s health care, after he voted to reject a contract with Planned Parenthood.

Sununu was among the three Republican councilors to vote against the $640,000 contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

NHPR Staff

The Executive Council voted yesterday against renewing two family planning contracts for Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire. Here are two perspectives on that controversial issue.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

The Executive Council Wednesday voted 3-2 along party lines against renewing two family planning contracts for Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire. 


New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’ll vote against legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Shaheen says stripping Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding would make it harder for millions of women, including 12,000 in New Hampshire, to get the health care they need.

  The New Hampshire House voted 216 to 142 to defeat a bill that would stop sending tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. It’s already illegal in the state to use public funds for abortions, but some lawmakers believe that’s how the money is being spent.

The bill was not recommended for passage by the Judiciary committee and, ultimately, the full house agreed.

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Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill enabling abortion clinics to create a buffer zone that would keep protesters clear of the entrance.

After a prolonged legislative debate in the house, the final language in the bill gives reproductive health clinics the flexibility to make clearly marked buffer zones “up to” 25 feet in radius.

Jennifer Frizzell with Planned Parenthood says the buffer zones will ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of patients while protecting first amendment rights.

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  The House Judiciary committee considered a bill Tuesday that would create a 25 foot buffer zone to keep anti-abortion activists clear of abortion clinic entrances. While it’s expected to become law, it may face legal challenges when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar law in Massachusetts.

President Obama’s re-election didn’t exactly smooth over implementation of his signature health care law. State governments across the nation maintain a solid level of anxiety over the bill.

Concord is no different…lawmakers like Republican Jeb Bradley expect to spend a lot of time grappling with the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions.

“The biggest single issue that this legislature in the upcoming two years will face is the expansion of Medicaid.”

Chris Christie joined Ovide Lamontagne and former N.H. governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson for a rally last night in Maggie Hassan’s home town of Exeter. All urged the audience to work hard in the final 13 days of the election. Chris Christie argued that democrats' only weapon against Lamontange is fear.

'So what they are going to try to do is scare you about Ovide. They are going to try to tell you you can’t trust him to be governor. You’ve seen all the dopey ads she’s running that doin have anything to do with NH's future."

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Today the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy renewed Planned Parenthood’s license to distribute prescription drugs. The decision comes despite a complaint brought by a New Hampshire Pro-Life Group.

New Hampshire Right to Life submitted a complaint last spring claiming that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England could not dispense prescription drugs without a contract with the state.

Texas, Feds Face Off Over Planned Parenthood

Mar 28, 2012

Texas and the federal government are going at each other again, this time over Planned Parenthood.

The Texas Legislature cut off all Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood because of its involvement in abortions; in response, the federal government has suspended funding for the state's reproductive health program.

Now, Texas is suing the Obama administration.

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It's Race for the Cure season in many parts of the U.S. The signature fundraisers of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation draw crowds of men, women and children dressed in pink to city streets around the nation each year.

The national breast cancer charity's decision to cut — and then restore — funding to Planned Parenthood created a firestorm early this year. The decision generated heated debate and led to the resignation of a number of the organization's top leaders.

Over the weekend, the Susan G. Komen foundation held meetings in 15 cities around the country for people who have registered for this summer's 3-Day walks.

The annual events are key fundraisers for the breast cancer research and treatment organization. But after the recent controversy over Komen's grants to Planned Parenthood, some walkers are worried it might be harder to get donations this year.

One of the driving forces behind the now-reversed decision to cancel funding to Planned Parenthood has stepped down from her executive position at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

But the resignation of Karen Handel, an outspoken opponent of the reproductive health group, hasn't slowed down foes of Planned Parenthood.

Just three days after announcing it would no longer fund cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, the pink-ribboned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure abruptly reversed course today. But the Komen foundation's actions still leave many questions unanswered — not to mention a public relations challenge.

Half of the North Country’s sixteen representatives voted in favor of House Bill 228  which bars any organization that performs elective abortions from receiving any state or federal funds.