Beginning today, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s New Hampshire patients will be impacted by the devastating effects of the Executive Council’s decision not to renew the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood. PPNNE continues to keep our doors open for limited patient health care, but the Executive Council has curtailed access to affordable birth control. In New Hampshire, PPNNE has six health centers and serves nearly 16,000 women and families. Today, PPNNE has 92 patients scheduled who will not have access to affordable birth control. Many more will come to our health centers to pick up prescription refills only to find they have lost their only source for contraception. Every day the number of women at risk for unintended pregnancy will grow significantly. We will continue to track the number of women whose reproductive health is jeopardized by this reckless decision.
Without publicly funded family planning services, expenses accrued by the state of New Hampshire will drastically increase. In 2008, our services and other family planning providers helped New Hampshire women prevent 6,600 unintended pregnancies, which could have resulted in approximately 2,900 unintended births. These New Hampshire services saved the federal and state governments $21,334,000 in 2008.*
PPNNE is working around the clock with the State and all Executive Council members to ensure that the contract is renewed and this public health crisis is averted. We are calling on the Executive Councilors - and particularly Dan St. Hilaire of Concord who cast the deciding vote and singled out Planned Parenthood - to restore our contract so that New Hampshire women and families will have access to the critical and lifesaving health care they depend on.