NH bill bars funding to some abortion providers
CONCORD, N.H.—The Senate is considering cutting off taxpayer funding to six Planned Parenthood sites and several other women's health clinics in New Hampshire that provide privately funded elective abortions.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is split 3-2 over passing the House bill that state officials warn could put New Hampshire's Medicaid program in jeopardy. The committee's majority proposes exempting hospitals, but state officials have said that may not remove the risk to the $1.4 billion annual Medicaid program.
Jennifer Frizzell of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England says eliminating funding for non-abortion services at its clinics will affect the roughly 16,000 women, men and teens who seek health care from the nonprofit.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.