The NH Executive Council has voted to restore funding for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The Council voted three to two in favor of the restoration of the funding, with Councilor Christopher Sununu being the swing vote. The Republican was joined by Democrats Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas, while GOP councilors Joe Kenney and David Wheeler voted against it.
Last summer, the vote for more than half a million dollars for funding of Planned Parenthood was rejected in another close vote where Sununu was the swing vote, where he had voted no.
Our region is home to two Planned Parenthood clinics, in White River Junction, Vermont and in Claremont, with the latter being affected by today’s vote. The Claremont clinic has been the subject of much discussion and attention over the past year as it was vandalized twice last fall.
The first incident saw graffiti painted on the outside of the building and the second, about a week later, involved a juvenile breaking in and destroying much of the interior with a hatchet. The clinic reopened in November of last year and became fully operational once again in December.