NH Defunds Planned Parenthood; Councilmember Tells Women He Doesn't Want to Pay for Them to "Party"

New Hampshire is the latest in a string of states to defund Planned Parenthood. As Kate Sheppard of Mother Joneswrites:

It's getting hard to keep up with the attacks on reproductive health care around the US, so forgive us for being a little tardy on the news that New Hampshire has also cut support for Planned Parenthood, joining Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas in efforts to defund the organization.

The state's executive council—an elected five-person panel that advises the governor—decided to slash the $1.8 million in funding to Planned Parenthood at the end of June. Thanks to a rather unique government set-up, the panel gets to approve all grants over $10,000. This essentially means they get a say over the state's governor, which is currently Democrat John Lynch. The panel, which is currently made up of all Republican members, voted 3-2 to block funding to Planned Parenthood.

As unfortunate as that is, it's not the craziest part of the story; that distinction goes to this quote, from NH Councilmember Raymond Wieczorek:

I am opposed to abortion. I am opposed to providing condoms to someone. If you want to have a party, have a party, but don’t ask me to pay for it.

I'm sure I don't need to tell any of you why that quote is so wrongheaded, but just for the record: reproductive healthcare isn't about women being able to "party," Councilmember Wieczorek. It's about their health.

For a more comprehensive write-up of the situation in NH, check out Jodi Jacobson's post over at RH Reality Check.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at July 12, 2011, 8:09am