EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

January 30, 2014

N.H. Executive Council OKs Planned Parenthood pact

CONCORD — The governor and Executive Council awarded a $737,500 health services contract to Planned Parenthood yesterday, ending a nearly three-year controversy.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will provide services, including family planning, to an estimated 14,000 people through health centers, including one in Derry.

The council voted unanimously to approve the contract.

“Our thanks to Gov. Hassan and new leadership on the Executive Council,” said Jennifer Frizzell, senior policy advisor for Planned Parenthood.

The council’s decision means women will have access to services such as cancer screenings and breast exams.

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, who represents Londonderry, announced the decision via his Twitter account. He said the contract assures “critical health services to women and families over the next two years.”

Concerns over abortion had prompted former members of the council to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.

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