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