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New Hampshire Executive Council Defunds Planned Parenthood

Three Men End NH Planned Parenthood's Ability to Provide Birth Control

Failing to accept that Planned Parenthood provides nontaxpayer-funded abortion, a legal service in America, New Hampshire's all-Republican and all-male Executive Council voted three to two to defund the state's Planned Parenthood a couple of weeks ago, saying that the money should go to organizations that don't provide abortion. Now, Planned Parenthood centers in the state have stopped dispensing free or affordable contraception because its pharmacy license is contingent on having a state contract. So officials who opposed abortion have just made it more difficult for low-income women to prevent unwanted pregnancy, and thus abortion. It's enough to make you crazy.

The $1.8 million Planned Parenthood was set to get from the state before the vote would have been used for sex ed, contraception, and STD testing and treatment. Abortion services are paid for by private donations. Previously, low-income women could purchase birth control for about $5, but now Planned Parenthood can't even offer it, nor antibiotics for urinary tract infections or STDs, because it lost its ability to dispense prescriptions. And while multiple attempts to defund Planned Parenthood in the New Hampshire legislature failed, the Executive Council, a panel of just five elected officials that can veto state contracts, decided by a vote of three to two to end state support of the family planning organization.

Why do these three officials, who happen to all be men, have such a hard time realizing that if you want to reduce the number of abortions, education and affordable contraception are a great way to do it? It seems like at least one person on the council doesn't just hold negative opinions about abortion, but toward sex in general. Councilor Raymond Wieczorek explained why he actually supports totally defunding birth control and condoms, saying, "If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?" I guess, according to Wieczorek, safe sex is a privilege reserved for women who can afford it.

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Blackwood Blackwood 6 years
I know this sounds childish, but sometimes I can't help feeling people like this are just resentful/bitter/jealous that other people get laid, and there are willing women to do that responsibly. Sounds like these three guys (specially the one who said "women should pay for having fun") were traumatized during their youth by the fact that no women wanted to have sex with them (I would definitely understand those women), in spite of liking sex with other men, hence the not-so-subtle slut-shaming of this new measure. It's like punishing women for being sexually active and making them pay for safe sex is their way of getting back at the gender for rejecting them. I know it sounds stupid, but I can't think someone in their right mind would do this if they actually wanted to prevent abortions.
stephley stephley 6 years
LInks often are flagged katia, though it seems that those spamcommenters get through everything!
katialoves katialoves 6 years
so links are flagged?
katialoves katialoves 6 years
oh my last comment with links was flagged: catholic link: msnbc: on race specific abortion donations:
katialoves katialoves 6 years
oh, the link was: here is an msnbc link that acknowledges the scandal: and it also acknowledges that when PP was opened, "women couldn't vote or divorce abusive husbands, and contraception was illegal," like i said, how times have changed! msnbc also reports that the founder's "views on eugenics and racial issues remain a subject of bitter debate to this day."
katialoves katialoves 6 years
well i believe it is good to have birth control available for low income people, but planned parenthood doesn't necessarily deserve the govt funding forever no questions asked when the govt could set that up elsewhere. some people might hae an attachment to it or nostalgia for the time it came about, but times have changed. however i think these guys are fighting PP for the wrong reasons and showing their true colors; they seem to detest casual sex and the women who part-take in it. regarding eugenics i thought there a scandal recently, something about 'black' abortions donations, and there is info in this link (its from the catholic church so i am hoping its not true at all but it is QUITE upsetting-apparently PP will do anything for money/clients including covering up child sex abuse) (i get that its hypocritical of the catholic church to complain about "covering up child abuse")
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
No, I don't really think that PP is about eugenics, It's just a pet peeve of mine when people throw around "fascist" and "nazi" when they mean "politics I don't agree with." It's kind of funny that you think that improperly inserted IUDs that led to thousands of dollars of medical bills and potential problems with future fertility is a "snobbish" complaint.
Ryah-Cooley Ryah-Cooley 6 years
Why don't people understand that less access to birth control and contraceptives= more abortions, more unsafe abortions, and more unplanned pregnancies? I would never have an abortion, but people have to have access to low cost birth control.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
This is appalling.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Avoiding unplanned parenthood is not "having a good time." It's called being responsible and realistic about not bringing children into the world that you CAN'T afford or can't support. If women were able to just "have a good time" like men do, having sex without having to worry about the consequences, they wouldn't even be lobbying for Planned Parenthood in the first place. I cannot believe such a regressive legislation is taking place in my generation. It's literally chilling to think we are basically dictating that more unfit, financially unstable mothers give birth to children who will inevitably end up on welfare, or foster care, or worse. Responsible family planning is the key to America's future. Propagating a cycle of unfit mothers giving birth to children they can't afford is our demise, pure and simple. We are orchestrating our own demise as a superpower in some Puritanical attempt to punish women for having sex. And frankly, I'm appalled that ANY WOMAN would ever condone this legislation.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Testadura, I love your Lysistrata idea!
stephley stephley 6 years
I’m using fascist meaning that we are becoming people led by a system that has complete power over our (unquestionably womens’) lives. It’s interesting that you would haul out the eugenics claim, but then explain your own opposition to PP has to do with customer service issues. I’d think if anyone truly believes PP promotes eugenics, they would offer proof rather than punish all its clients for your minor, personal and snobbish, complaints.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
stephley, I know you're just throwing around "fascist" the way people call strict people "nazis," but defunding a program that essentially promotes eugenics definitely doesn't fall under the fascist umbrella. Testadura, have you read lysistrata? I'm pro-choice but I'm not too hot on planned parenthood after not one but two of my friends had botched medical procedures there. In both cases PP refused to refund the cost of their IUDs, and of course refused to reimburse for the resultant ER visits. I think there are better, local women's health centers that are more reliable for low-income women. PP is like the Walmart of women's health centers.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
I think every woman in the state of New Hampshire should withhold sex until this is repealed. Might get those men's attention.
stephley stephley 6 years
"Safe sex is a privilege reserved for those that can afford it." Frightening proof the U.S. is becoming more fascist every day.
JJJSisters JJJSisters 6 years
Safe sex is a privilege reserved for those that can afford it. No sex is "Safe sex" first of all. If you are going to be having sex, you must accept the possibility that condoms break, pills aren't 100 percent effective and don't protect against everything...etc etc...and thus, you are accepting the possibility you might get pregnant or get something. You shouldn't be having sex (particularly on my dime) if you can't spend a couple bucks for condoms. If you can't even shell out a couple bucks, how will you be able to afford a baby? Or the cost of medicine for your STI or the like?
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