A pro-life group is accusing Planned Parenthood of Northern New England of illegally distributing abortion drugs without a state contract or a licensed pharmacist.
A complaint, filed Tuesday on behalf of the Alliance Defense Fund by attorney Michael Tierney of Manchester, N.H., alleges that the organization's six New Hampshire clinics have continued to distribute drugs, including abortion-inducing medication, despite the termination of its contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health Services last year.
"No matter where a person stands on abortion, everyone should agree that Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else," Tierney said in a statement. "In this case, that mean it must obey state laws that say only licensed pharmacists may distribute prescription drugs when a clinic is not under contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services."
Calls seeking comment from local and national Planned Parenthood officials were not immediately returned Wednesday.
Planned Parenthood officials indicated that they knew dispensing such medications without a pharmacist on staff was a violation of the state statute, according to emails provided in the complaint. Violation of the statute is punishable by substantial fines and revocation or suspension of license for dispensing drug in the state. The six clinics combined dispense more $4,000 worth of birth control drugs and other medication every day, according to the complaint.
“Planned Parenthood does not currently have a contract with the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services and has not had one since July 1, 2011,” the complaint states. “Nevertheless, it appears that Planned Parenthood has been dispensing pharmaceuticals since September 14, 2011 and intends in June of 2012 to apply for a renewal of its Limited Retail Drug Distributor’s license to continue dispensing pharmaceuticals without a pharmacist in its six New Hampshire abortion clinics.”