Citizens oppose public funding of Planned Parenthood - 133 citizens, 651 responses

Jul 22, 2015

A controversial video released in July that allegedly showed a top Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal tissues sales from abortions led to a condemnation of the agency by the state Republican executive committee. In the wake of the controversy, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members their opinion. 

In answering the question, “Should NH continue to dedicate public funding to Planned Parenthood?”  91% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these a 67% majority opposed public funding of Planned Parenthood with 33% in favor. The discussion was exceptionally focused, with only 2% of remaining respondents opting to discuss the subject in broader terms while 7% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 133 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 651 responses. 

Those of the majority opinion expressed strong moral objections. “Stop the baby killing now,” said one respondent. “Stop using tax payer money to destroy lives.” “It has been and continues to be a breach of sound government, particularly when so many people object to some of their ‘services,’” added another commentator. Others questioned how the state can afford to fund Planned Parenthood given current fiscal constraints. Remarked one gentleman, “It’s a money making organization and requires no federal tax money. We are in too much debt as it is and by 2018 it will be over 20 trillion dollars.”

For many in favor of continued public funding of Planned Parenthood, the agency is much more than a place at which abortions take place. “It helps young adults with information they cannot acquire in schools,” noted one woman. “It also helps low income women with birth control and screenings.” Others agreed, including several who have accessed services at Planned Parenthood with one woman saying, “They provide many services to women in our community—breast health screenings, cervical, health and STD screenings, birth control. They also provide great prenatal care.”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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