Planned Parenthood in VT, NH has lost clinics, still has no CEO

Editor’s note: this article was published this April in, a New Hampshire news and commentary website. As of today, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is still advertising for a CEO.

by Beth Scaer, for Granite Grok

Meagan Gallagher, CEO for Planned Parenthood Northern New England (PPNNE),  suddenly walked out on her employer in April 2021. A year later, I wrote about how Planned Parenthood Northern New England is in disarray after they closed a facility in Vermont. Soon after that, they closed four more facilities in Vermont and one in Claremont, New Hampshire. They were still without a CEO and things were going from bad to worse.

Finally, after a long 17 months without a CEO, during which they lost their lobbying efforts to stop New Hampshire’s Fetal Life Protection Act from becoming law, PPNNE finally hired CEO Judith Selzer in September 2022.

Five months later, on the 50th anniversary of the Roe V Wade ruling by the US Supreme Court, one year after the ruling was overturned, Selzer wrote an op-ed bemoaning the loss:

This Jan. 22, we should be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Instead, our country is confronting a stark reality in which younger generations have fewer rights than the last, and one in three Americans no longer have the right to safe, legal abortion in their home state.

Anti-abortion forces want us to succumb to despair and darkness. But our hope, grit and unwavering faith that the long arc of reproductive rights will again bend toward justice burns brighter than ever.

There’s no chance I’m going to succumb to the overturning of Roe and just sit down. Instead, the fire in me burns brighter.

As the new CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, I am channeling my grief and outrage into efforts to rebuild a system of care that truly ensures every person has access to safe, legal abortion, no matter what.

However, in February 2023, after only six months of employment, after saying “There’s no chance I’m going to succumb,” Selzer did “succumb to despair and darkness,” she “channeled [her] grief and outrage,” and left her job, voluntarily or involuntarily. They are again without a CEO.

PPNNE appears to be imploding and it will be interesting what disaster awaits them next.

Categories: Life&Death

6 replies »

  1. Years ago , in the l980’s, I attended a community forum with PPNNE and other community organizations. Planned Parenthood wanted the communities to use Planned Parenthood’s K-12 Sex Education in the public schools. Planned Parenthood was not successful at the time. Planned Parenthood said they planned to network with the schools, colleges, the Vt Health department, the Vt Legislature ect,ect…. They were very successful infiltrating all sorts of organizations. They controll the Vermont Legislature and the Governor. They have teamed up with Outright Vermont and together they are pushing their LGBTQ and transgender agenda in public schools. Planned Parenthood has a lot of power in Vermont.

  2. In Jesus name, I pray all! Not just Vermont’s planned parenthoods close and all child sacrifices stop. I pray God forgives those who offered their children up for sacrifice, and that the seek him and repent as well as ask for forgiveness. Please God correct the errors of so many, and forgive us as we move forward!!

    • PPNNE has an Interim CEO. She has been with the organization for years. PPNNE United (Unionized stagg) organized and pushed Judith Selzer out because she didn’t meet the needs of staff and she hired her roommate and business partner for a high paying executive position, which violates the organization’s policy. Ruth is right, PPNNE has a lot of power, but is wrong about PPNNE controling the Vermont legislature and the Governor. They have many supporters. And that’s because they provide essiential healthcare services to mainly no/ low income populous of NH,ME, and VT. So yea….