In a vote of 14 to 3, the New Hampshire House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee voted late last week to hold a bill that would prevent the state’s Department of Health and Human Services from establishing a contract with any organization that provides abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood until. The bill will be held until the next legislative session.
Opponents of the bill noted the many valuable services that Planned Parenthood provides to low income women in New Hampshire, including contraception, cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for STIs, including HIV.
Planned Parenthood health centers across the country conduct over one million cervical cancer screenings and 830,000 breast exams yearly. Its clinics also provide contraception to approximately 2.5 million women per year.