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Wednesday
Feb112015

Cornerstone supports today's life-issue bills in House 

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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. 

Sunday
Oct122014

Heritage - Cab Drivers Fight It, Entrepreneurs Embrace It: The Rideshare Revolution 

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October 10, 2014

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Cab Drivers Fight It, Entrepreneurs Embrace It: The Rideshare Revolution

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have expanded to more than 100 cities across the United States, offering an alternative to the traditional taxi.

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Human Rights Activist Says Communist China Is ‘Many Times More Dangerous’ Than ISIS

Opponents of forced abortion and sterilization under China's One Child Policy call it "the real war against women."

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United States Is No Longer World's Largest Economy

Daily Policy Focus: America held the distinction since 1873. How worried should we be?

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Friday
Oct102014

NHDP, NARAL Hosting Day Long Visibility Outside of Scott Brown's Manchester Office

4'x8' with Bill Text Parked In Front Of Brown's Office with Specific Legislative Language Requiring  Women To Look at Photographs of Fetuses Before Terminating a Pregnancy 
 
New Hampshire Women Gather For Day-Long Protest at Brown’s Office, Demand He Be Truthful About His Record of Limiting Reproductive Choices for Women
 
Manchester, NH—Continuing efforts to highlight Scott Brown’s support for controversial legislation he twice co-sponsored to require women to view photographs of developing fetuses before they could exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is hosting a day long visibility effort outside of his Manchester office to remind New Hampshire women that Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights. The NHDP, along with members of NARAL and concerned New Hampshire women, also unveiled a 4'x8' sized copy of the legislation Brown cosponsored outside his office, so he is reminded of just how wrong his legislation is for New Hampshire.  

"There is a very clear choice in this election when it comes to protecting women's reproductive rights, and Scott Brown's record proves that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him," said Laura Thibault, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. "The facts are indisputable: Scott Brown has repeatedly backed legislation to roll back women's reproductive rights, and he's shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up to his party when those rights are under attack. When he was serving in the Massachusetts legislature, he twice supported legislation that would force women to look at pictures of fetuses before they had an abortion. That's absolutely unacceptable. While Scott Brown can say he's pro-choice all he wants, his record is anything but pro-choice."

“Scott Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights for New Hampshire women," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “There's no denying the facts: Brown sponsored legislation not once but twice that would require women to look at pictures of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy.  The proof is right there in the text of the bill that he put his name on, and we're going to make sure voters know the truth about his record." 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.
 

 


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Thursday
Oct092014

NHDP - MA Senate President Therese Murray, Women Activists Set Record Straight on Brown

 
Scott Brown’s Bill Is Very Clear: It Would Force Pregnant Women To Look at Pictures of Developing Fetuses Before Being Able To Terminate A Pregnancy
 

Manchester, NH – In response to Scott Brown’s attempt to run away from his own record, Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray, along with women’s health advocates, today set the record straight on Scott Brown’s history of failing Massachusetts women. Senator Murray served with Scott Brown and spoke firsthand about Scott Brown’s support for legislation that would force women to view color photographs of fetuses before ending a pregnancy.
 
"New Hampshire women can't trust Scott Brown to stand up for their reproductive rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "Brown can try and run from his record all he wants, but the facts are indisputable: he twice cosponsored a bill that would require women to look at photographs of developing fetuses before being able to terminate their pregnancy. His record is just further proof that he's wrong for New Hampshire." 

“Scott claims he’s pro-choice, yet he votes to put women into boxes, stripping them of any choice when it comes to their health and reproductive care,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. “While in the Massachusetts legislature, Scott Brown co-sponsored the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ bill. This bill says that women must wait 24 hours and be given images and descriptions of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy, and that is not something that anyone who comes to that decision should be forced to go through. If people want to learn from Massachusetts’ mistakes, learn the facts about this bill. This is a woman’s body, and it should be her decision, between her and her doctor. No politician, especially not Scott Brown, should insert themselves in that decision.”
 
“Scott Brown is choosing to tout mainstream pro-choice values because he knows it’s popular, but he can't run from his anti-choice record,” said NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire Executive Director Laura Thibault. “Let me ask you this: who is Scott Brown to tell women what they need before making a private decision? When did Scott Brown become an expert on women and their own bodies? Why is Scott Brown deciding what's best for women and their families? The legislation he has supported was nothing more than another effort to place barriers between a woman and her constitutional right to choose.” 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.
Saturday
Oct042014

NHDP - ICYMI: "House Candidate [Marilinda Garcia] Who Called Women ‘Emotional Rollercoasters’ Says No One Cares About Women’s Rights"

ThinkProgress: "House Candidate [Marilinda Garcia] Who Called Women ‘Emotional Rollercoasters’ Says No One Cares About Women’s Rights"

Key Point: "In a radio interview on Tuesday, Marilinda Garcia (R-Rockingham), who is running to represent New Hampshire’s second congressional district, said that the Democrats’ focus on women’s issues was 'insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics.' She said that 'maybe 2 percent' of voters she’s talked to are concerned about women’s rights.

"Throughout her time in the state house, Garcia has made anti-women comments and has a record of voting against bills supporting women’s issues. In 2007, during a speech on parental notification for abortion, Garcia said that “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed."

"Garcia also has voted against bills that would prohibit employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, prohibit punishing employees who file complaints relating to paycheck equity and create buffer zones around abortion clinics. In a March interview, she said that she opposes the Violence Against Women Act because New Hampshire state law protects women. Domestic violence only became a distinct crime in new Hampshire earlier this year. [...]


"New Hampshire Republicans are taking flack this week after GOP Senate nominee Scott Brown dismissed women’s rights as issues people don’t care about. [...]

See here or below for the full ThinkProgress piece:

With the midterm election a little more thana month away, GOP candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate in New Hampshire have said that Democrats are using women’s issues as a way to distract voters from “real” issues.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Marilinda Garcia (R-Rockingham), who is running to represent New Hampshire’s second congressional district, said that the Democrats’ focus on women’s issues was “insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics.” She said that “maybe 2 percent” of voters she’s talked to are concerned about women’s rights.

Throughout her time in the state house, Garcia has made anti-women comments and has a record of voting against bills supporting women’s issues. In 2007, during a speech on parental notification for abortion, Garcia said that “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed.”

Garcia also has voted against bills that would prohibit employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, prohibit punishing employees who file complaints relating to paycheck equity and create buffer zones around abortion clinics. In a March interview, she said that she opposes the Violence Against Women Act because New Hampshire state law protects women. Domestic violence only became a distinct crime in new Hampshire earlier this year.

The race currently leans Democrat. Rep. Ann McLane Custer is leading by around 11 percent, according to the latest polling.

New Hampshire Republicans are taking flack this week after GOP Senate nominee Scott Brown dismissed women’s rights as issues people don’t care about. He said that while “women’s issues are very important,” his focus is on things “people care about,” such as “immigration, border security, veterans’ issues, where we stand when it comes to Obamacare.” In September, Brown distanced himself from the New Hampshire Republican Party when they endorsed personhood, an extreme measure that would outlaw all abortion and possibly some forms of contraception.

During his time in the Senate representing Massachusetts, Brown had a mixed record on women’s issues; he voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act but voted for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He also cosponsored a bill that would have allowed employers limit coverage of contraception for moral reasons.

Women’s issues have been playing a large role in this election. An August poll from Emily’s List found that 70 percent of “drop off” women voters said that the chance to vote against an anti-choice candidate was “very motivating.” The poll also found that 44 percent of swing voters said that reproductive rights were their top reason to vote for a Democratic candidate and that messaging about women’s health made voters more likely to vote for a generic Democratic candidate. Since the 1980s, women have been more likely to identify as Democrats, and Obama won the women’s vote by 11 percent in 2012.

But the GOP’s efforts to change their messaging to be less offensive to women so far are falling flat; a recent poll by two Republican groups found that women consider the party to be “intolerant” and “stuck in the past,” and that 49 percent of them have a negative view of Republicans. Outside of New Hampshire, Democrats in North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Alaska have been criticizing their Republican opponents for their stance on women’s issues, specifically their opposition to reproductive rights.

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