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Supreme Court of the United States

New Hampshire Right to Life v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Last Updated 10/11/2021

What's at stake

  • The right to review public records to hold public officials accountable to follow the law


Funding under Title X family planning programs is usually done through the states or their designees. But when the New Hampshire Executive Council voted not to provide funding to its state’s Planned Parenthood entities and instead asked that the funding be given to health centers that do not focus on providing abortion, the Obama Administration provided funding to Planned Parenthood against their wishes. New Hampshire Right to Life filed a routine Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the administration’s decision in an effort to analyze whether HHS followed its own regulations in awarding the grant to Planned Parenthood without the usual competitive bidding process, but HHS stalled in producing the documents. ADF and a New Hampshire allied attorney had to seek a federal court order to obtain the documents. The released documents lead to multiple legal and administrative challenges being filed to hold government officials accountable in their dealings with Planned Parenthood.

Our role in this case

Alliance Defending Freedom provided funding to support an Allied Attorney representing New Hampshire Right to Life.

Legal Documents

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