January 21, 2012
The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207-147 on Jan. 18 to pass a bill stripping state funding of Planned Parenthood and any other group performing elective abortions, WORLD News Service reports. The 60-vote majority was plenty to pass HB 228 on to the state Senate, but not enough to override a potential veto from Gov. John Lynch. "The majority of people agree that, regardless of individual beliefs, taxpayers should not be forced to contribute to the largest abortion provider in America when so many are diametrically religiously and morally opposed to the practice of abortion," House Speaker Bill O'Brien said. Last October, the House Health and Human Services committee -- consisting of 13 Republicans and five Democrats -- voted 12-5 to kill the bill on the House floor, but O'Brien urged legislators to ignore that report and support the bill instead.