Council rejects Planned Parenthood funds

Ane Marie Benitez, Director of Government Relations for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, watches as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaks to reporters, left, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right address reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican-led Executive Council has rejected roughly $650,000 in state funding for Planned Parenthood to provide health services such as contraception, STD testing and counseling.

The debate Wednesday comes amid national scrutiny over Planned Parenthood’s policies regarding voluntary fetal tissue donation for medical research. GOP councilor Chris Sununu, who has supported Planned Parenthood in the past, voted against the contract, saying the state should be investigating the practices of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The group does not offer voluntary tissue donation in New Hampshire.

The council did approve contracts for family planning services with the Concord Feminist Health Center, the Joan G. Lovering Health Center on the Seacoast and Weeks’ Medical Center in the North Country.

This vote eliminates about a third of Planned Parenthood’s funding, as it also receives money through federal contracts.

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