UPDATE, 6:55p: Here’s some more information from Family Research Council, in an email alert this afternoon:

In a surprise move, the state’s Executive Council – which, along with the Governor, oversees all of the Granite State’s contracts – rejected $1.8 million in Planned Parenthood funding over the next two years. Believe it or not, this is the first time that a state contract with Planned Parenthood has been blocked.

6:33p: Actually, New Hampshire may have bumped Wisconsin from the fourth spot.

This is because, while it was previously reported that Wisconsin would become the fourth state this year to defund Planned Parenthood when Governor Scott Walker signs the state budget into law on June 28, it was reported just yesterday, according to the Boston Globe:

New Hampshire’s Executive Council has voted against a $1.8 million contract that would have allowed Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide family planning services to low-income people in the state.

The Union Leader clarified that the state is “defunding Planned Parenthood.”

So we’ll have to wait for the dust to settle to know which state gets fourth spot and which gets fifth. Love that this is turning into a competition.

The Executive Council, according to Wikipedia and other sources I read, is part of New Hampshire’s executive branch, along with the governor. Together the two “approve[ ]… all contracts with a value of $5,000 or more.” Yet the Executive Council has veto power over the governor on these contracts. So its word is apparently final.

Part of the reason for the Council’s decision, according to the Union Leader, is that “[Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s] CEO earns in excess of $250,000 a year….”

Chicago pro-lifers will recognize the name of that CEO – Steve Trombley, former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Chicago – who was behind the underhanded construction of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Aurora, Illinois.


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