Now, with the state budget at a standstill, abortion-providing health centers say they’ll have to cut back on non-abortion-related health services to absorb the new cuts.
“The impact actually is huge,” said Dalia Vudunas, executive director of Equality Health Center in Concord, at a meeting with Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday.
The money, which the center has been using for four years now, has allowed the organization to provide discounted sexually transmitted infections testing, long-term birth control methods like intrauterine devices and other specialized services to low-income families. Much of that, Vidunas said, would need to be cut back.
“It hurts people,” Sabrina Dunlap, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England said. “... New Hampshire has enjoyed a pretty lengthy history of good public health outcomes, in large part because we have a great family planning program.”