In a 3-2 decision, New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted to withdrawal taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood back in June.
However, according to a report from the Concord Monitor, in what is ultimately an overreach of federal authority, the federal government will directly fund the family planning facility.
According to the report, the state’s decision meant that it had to find another way to have state-wide access to family planning services, a federal requirement. New Hampshire was struggling to do so, as its focus was to not have taxpayer funding supporting abortions.
That’s when federal government stepped in.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that they were creating a contract to supply the clinic with taxpayer funds from the federal level.
“The process they were using was some sort of an emergency contract,” HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpass said. “They want to get it done quickly.”
According to Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, this is only further proof that the Obama Administration has its own agenda:
“President Obama has proven time and again that he will do whatever it takes to ensure that Planned Parenthood continues to receive taxpayer subsidies, even if that means going around a state’s elected representatives.”
The federal contract will reinstate the $1.8 million dollars stripped from the clinic by the Executive Council’s decision.
The state did need to come up with a new solution, admitted Councilor Dan St. Hilarie of Concord, but the federal government requested to see proposals from the state only a week before it decided to fund the clinic itself.
So was this the federal government acting in the best interest of state health or acting to simply override a state decision it doesn’t agree with?
According to Susan B. Anthony list, it is likely the latter:
“The implication is clear that their goal is to fund Planned Parenthood.”