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NH House votes to bar funding to groups performing elective abortions

CONCORD - The House voted 207-147 Wednesday to prohibit any organization that performs elective abortions such as Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and some hospitals to receive any state or federal funds.

The Department of Health and Human Services would be prohibited from entering into any contract with any such organizations.

&#';There is not one person in this great hall who would prefer the death of a child over the life of a child,&#'; said Rep. Susan DeLemus, R-Rochester. &#';I never want to contribute to the stopping a baby's heart with my tax dollars.&#';

Opponents argued the bill would have unintended consequences and would prohibit many hospitals from contracting with the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill was amended so it does not prevent health insurance contracts to cover public employees from covering abortion services as the original bill did.

The bill did not receive enough votes to override a possible veto by Gov. John Lynch. The bill will now go to the Senate.

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