Maggie Hassan and the Center for Medical Progress

 

I’ve been trying to find out if New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan has seen undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.

carolyn westhoff planned parenthoodToday, CMP released the tenth video in its Human Capital Project. In this one, Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, senior medical adviser to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, boasts about tissue procurement: “Everything we provide is fresh.”

Vanessa Russo, compliance program administrator for Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, states separately that if a company wants to “give our organization money for the tissue — I think that that’s a valid exchange, and that that’s okay.” Deborah VanDerhei, National Director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers at PPFA, looks on and nods approvingly at Russo’s assertion.

Last week, I formally issued a request for information from Governor Hassan under New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law, RSA 91-A, our state version of the federal Freedom of Information Act. By law, the governor’s office must respond to me within five business days — by 5 PM on September 17, in other words.

And if I don’t get a response by September 17, then I’m going to sue in New Hampshire Superior Court to force them to adhere to the law.

The governor’s communications director, William Hinkle, has refused to answer me since August 19, though I have contacted him every single business day since then, including today. Similarly, Hassan’s director of citizen services, Mariann White, has refused to answer my repeated inquiries, even though I am a New Hampshire resident. To date, they have not even acknowledged receipt of my request, which I also sent to the New Hampshire state attorney general, Joseph Foster, who is a political appointee of the governor. (I copied both his personal account and the general account for his office).

Hassan doesn’t mind talking about Planned Parenthood when it suits her purposes, however. On September 8, Hassan sent out a fundraising e-mail attacking NH executive councilor Chris Sununu for being “the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood in our state.” Sununu, the son of former governor John H. Sununu, has just announced his candidacy for governor in NH.

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  1. Jo Ann Rogers Inactive
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    Max is mad. I’m liking that!

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  2. drlorentz Member
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    This just keeps getting worse with new video released.

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  3. PHCheese Inactive
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    Way to go Max. Just make sure the windmill doesn’t tilt back.

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  4. Liz Member
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    Good for you, Max! This has taken a lot of dedication on your part. I look forward to the next update.

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  5. Peabody Here Inactive
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    Nice work, fellow Granite Stater.

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  6. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Peabody Here:Nice work, fellow Granite Stater.

    Do me a favor: call 603-271-2121 and ask to speak to citizen services, then ask them if Governor Hassan has seen the videos. Don’t ask Kyle Middleton, who’s the secretary who will probably answer the phone. If he realizes that’s why you’re calling, he will not allow you to speak to anyone, and he will refuse to answer the question as well.

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  7. Peabody Here Inactive
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    Max Ledoux:

    Peabody Here:Nice work, fellow Granite Stater.

    Do me a favor: call 603-271-2121 and ask to speak to citizen services, then ask them if Governor Hassan has seen the videos. Don’t ask Kyle Middleton, who’s the secretary who will probably answer the phone. If he realizes that’s why you’re calling, he will not allow you to speak to anyone, and he will refuse to answer the question as well.

    Okay.

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  8. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Curious as to the results of your call, Peabody.

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  9. Sheila S. Inactive
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    I shared this video on my Facebook page. I did so hesitantly because I try not to get overly political on Facebook. However, I did have the mother of one of my daughter’s friends comment on it in alarmed disgust. (Lots of question marks and exclamation points.) Apparently she has not seen or heard anything about these videos before now, which only goes to demonstrate the abject failure of the mainstream media.

    Recently I was visiting family in Florida. My mother, an animal lover, took me to task for dismissing the Cecil the Lion controversy. I’m afraid I got a little animated in explaining how I didn’t understand why the (granted, possibly illegal) death of an apex predator in Africa was more worthy of my time and attention than the sale of baby parts in America by a “nonprofit” that receives funding from the government. She had also not even heard of the PP videos and was also horrified. That discussion was the impetus behind my decision to share this one.

    Unfortunately, I think a grassroots effort is what is required to make sure these videos actually reach most of the general public.

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  10. drlorentz Member
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    Sheila S.: Unfortunately, I think a grassroots effort is what is required to make sure these videos actually reach most of the general public.

    Good on you for sharing it. Glad to hear the reactions were appropriate rather than political. How is it possible that people have not heard of this?

    If you have the time I suggest you watch Abby Johnson’s speech, in which she describes her experiences as a mid-level manager at a large Planned Parenthood abortion clinic from a few years ago. Skip the intro to save time. She’s a good speaker: entertaining, sincere, serious, honest.  Her journey is fascinating. Warning: it will make you sad and angry at the same time.

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  11. KiminWI Inactive
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    Sheila S, I have been struggling today with that very thing.

    I’ve been stunned that even conservative leaning, absolutely prolife folks in my circles, real life and internet, don’t know any of this. It needs to see the light of day. More outrage is in order. But I really really don’t want to be the messenger. Again. I’ve been pushed over the cliff for that before so I know that I don’t bounce.

    There are too many people in my life who would not be outraged because they would choose not to see, not to believe, and would shut out me and my crazy ideas about liberty and natural rights and the Creator who grants them.  Internet acquaintance? fine. In-laws, nieces, long time friends? Not so fine.

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  12. Peabody Here Inactive
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    I just called Governor Hassan’s office with the number above.  Kyle Middleton answered the phone, asked for my name and my reason for calling.  I told him that I wanted to know if Gov. Hassan has seen the Planned Parenthood videos where baby body parts are being sold.  He put me on hold for about 2 minutes and then said the person I want to speak with, Maryann or Mariann White (Director Citizens Services, I believe) was on the phone and told me I could leave a voicemail for her if I wanted.

    I agreed and left a message with her asking the same question, adding that in at least one video a baby is born alive.  I left my name and number.  I’m sure I’m on some hit list now.

    Afterward, I looked up Maryann White in Google, I found a “Mariann White”, whose LinkedIn profile contains this title “Grassroots organizer at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England”.  Assuming this is true, then the Hassan Administration is one in the same as Planned Parenthood.  There is no difference between them.

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  13. Max Ledoux Admin
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    Peabody Here: Afterward, I looked up Maryann White in Google, I found a “Mariann White”, whose LinkedIn profile contains this title “Grassroots organizer at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England”.  Assuming this is true, then the Hassan Administration is one in the same as Planned Parenthood.  There is no difference between them.

    Indeed. Hassan’s 2012 campaign manager, Matt Burgess, came from Emily’s List.

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