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Wednesday
Mar182015

NHDP - GOP Senator Mark Kirk Slams Republican Colleagues for Playing Politics with Trafficking Bill

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Said, “My Wish is That We Hadn’t Junked That [Trafficking] Bill Up”
 

Concord, N.H. – As Kelly Ayotte continues to play politics with women’s health at the expense of human trafficking victims, Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) slammed Ayotte and Senate Republicans for including extraneous provisions in an anti-trafficking bill that restrict women’s access to health care.
 
Kirk told Roll Call, “My wish is that we hadn’t junked that bill up with abortion politics… Let’s just stand for the principle that we are all against slavery and keep the bill clean of extraneous provisions, and that applies to [Department of Homeland Security] appropriations, too.”
 
As Kirk alluded to, Ayotte also held homeland security funding hostage for weeks in order to appease her Tea Party base with extraneous policy riders.  
Wednesday
Mar182015

NHGOP SLAMS SHAHEEN'S VOTE TO BLOCK BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote to block a bipartisan anti-human trafficking bill. Today, four Democrat Senators joined with their Republican colleagues in an unsuccessful attempt to advance the legislation:

 

"Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Senator Shaheen is putting politics ahead of supporting important legislation to help victims of human trafficking. This should be a topic on which there is bipartisan consensus, and it is shameful that extreme partisans like Senator Shaheen are blocking this bill. This is disgusting political theater at its worst, and Senator Shaheen should be embarrassed by her disgraceful behavior."

Thursday
Mar122015

Cornerstone on House Fetal Homicide Vote 

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Fetal Homicide Legislation Passes House

Today the New Hampshire House voted to pass HB 560, which provides that unborn children are included in the the definition of homicide.  This legislation has been long overdue in New Hampshire as families like that of the prime sponsor, Representative Leon Rideout, have been denied justice and closure.  When a criminal or negligent action causes the death of another it is only right that the correct legal avenue be set in place for the perpetrator to be prosecuted, this bill establishes that avenue in the event that a wanted unborn child dies as a result of such action.   If the bill passes the Senate New Hampshire will join thirty-eight other states that recognize a woman's right to a wanted pregnancy and protect unborn children.  


Political Director Sarah Koski commented, "We’re pleased that House members were able to see that this is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, but rather an opportunity to provide necessary protection and justice for mothers and families that have greatly desired their unborn children."

Friday
Mar062015

NHDP Statement on Senate Republicans’ Support for Misguided Hobby Lobby Decision 

Concord, N.H. – Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to kill SB 42, which would require employee notification for changes in contraceptive coverage.
 
“It’s shocking that Senate Republicans stood up to support the misguided Hobby Lobby decision that puts employers between a woman and her doctor.”
 
“Even worse, Senate Republicans killed a commonsense bill that would have required employers to disclose to all workers and job applicants if they have a policy of denying workers coverage that meets their full range of health needs.”
 
“Republican Senators like Jerry Little, Jeanie Forrester and Kevin Avard will be held accountable by voters in their districts for today’s backward vote.”
 
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Wednesday
Feb112015

Cornerstone supports today's life-issue bills in House 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone Supports Five Pro-Life Bills at Tuesday Hearings


Representatives of Cornerstone Action were in Concord today to support five much-needed measures relating to the life issues. We encourage the House to pass each of these bills.

  • Repeal of the "buffer zone" law (HB 403). This blatantly unconstitutional law is already tied up in federal court. The law makes all demonstration, including silent prayer, illegal within "up to 25 feet" of an abortion facility, with the precise zone up to the discretion of each abortion provider.The same Governor who signed the bill is now unwilling to order her Attorney General to enforce it. She went ahead and signed the bill days after a similar Massachusetts law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. By passing repeal, the legislature can give the Governor a chance to back away gracefully from her inexplicably poor judgment.  There is no reason to pit the First Amendment against the safety of women, as though they're incompatible. 
  • The fetal homicide bill known as "Griffin's Law" (HB 560). It's a matter of justice that abusive partners and impaired drivers who cause a woman to lose a wanted pregnancy should face charges for the death of the preborn child. Furthermore, a woman's choice to carry a pregnancy to term should get at least as much respect under law as a woman's choice to terminate a pregnancy. New Hampshire, with its lack of fetal homicide legislation, is far behind the rest of the country. We commend Rep. Leon Rideout, who is sponsoring this bill in memory of his grandson Griffin.
  • Preventing post-viability abortions (HB 595). Cornerstone supports this effort to prevent most late-term abortions in New Hampshire. We note that under the terms of the bill, a provider doing a late-term abortion for emergency reasons would be encouraged to use a method that would provide the best opportunity for the preborn child to survive, consistent with the safety of the mother. 
  • Abortion statistics (HB 629). Here is another overdue piece of legislation that will bring New Hampshire into line with most other states that already report abortion statistics to the Centers for Disease Control as a matter of public health. An aggregate summary of abortion data, with absolute protection of patient confidentiality, will be valuable not only in public health work but also in public policy discussions.
  • Prohibiting the direct and indirect use of public funds for abortion (HB 677). Contracts for family planning services should not be a back-door way of providing public funding for the benefit of abortion providers. Cornerstone calls on legislators to respect the rights of taxpayers who have moral or religious objections to participating in the abortion industry. 

Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.