NH House Leaders Blast Decision by Federal Government, Lynch Administration to Give Funds to Planned Parenthood

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to the federal government and Lynch administration’s decision to bypass the Executive Council and award funds to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s certainly very disappointing that the federal government would step on states’ rights and usurp the authority of the Executive Council by commandeering these family planning funds and handing them to one provider in a sole source, no bid contract.  It’s clear that New Hampshire policies and traditions mean nothing to an Obama Administration that is fixated on delivering a liberal agenda and providing handouts to special interests that support the President.”

“Furthermore, it’s also unacceptable that the Lynch Administration failed to find other vendors to provide family planning services once the Council made abundantly clear that Planned Parenthood was not an appropriate place for the state to spend taxpayer money.  The idea that the state could not find another group to do the work is a slap in the face of the Executive Council and speaks very poorly about the state’s contracting policies.  If Planned Parenthood had gone out of business, how would the Lynch Administration have provided these services?”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Once again, the governor, who claims that he also represents Republicans and Independents,  has proved that he is beholden to liberal special interests.  All along, we have known that Barack Obama is the most liberal President in history, but Governor Lynch has now sent a clear message that he is no moderate and is just as concerned with protecting a left-wing agenda.  His Administration’s effort to avoid finding an appropriate replacement for Planned Parenthood shows that he is just as beholden to liberal groups as is President Obama.”