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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. 

Monday
Feb092015

Sarah Koski Joins Cornerstone as Political Director 

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Cornerstone Welcomes Sarah Koski as Political Director

 

Sarah Koski has joined Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action as Political Director, in charge of legislative advocacy. She previously served as field director for the Unlocking Potential Project.
 
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to serve New Hampshire families through Cornerstone's family first platform and legislative priorities," she says. "I look forward to encouraging and promoting an environment within our state that allows families to thrive."

"We are extremely excited to have Sarah on board," says Cornerstone Executive Director Bryan McCormack.  "Not only is she brilliantly articulate but is a dedicated champion for family values. We are ecstatic to welcome her to the Cornerstone team."
 
Koski is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College and lives in southern New Hampshire. She will work closely with the Executive Director and with Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield at the State House.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its legislative-advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are nonprofit non-partisan public policy organizations working to promote strong New Hampshire families.
Wednesday
Jan142015

Cornerstone Action announces legislative priorities for 2015 

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Cornerstone Action is a non-profit, non-partisan New Hampshire organization dedicated to legislative action towards public policy that respects life and strengthens families. For the 2015 legislative session, we've identified four broad priorities. 
 

1) Protect religious liberty for all people of faith in New Hampshire. This includes working for repeal of the ill-advised "buffer zone" law, which if enforced would make silent prayer on certain public sidewalks illegal. Enforced or not, the law is a fiscal disaster waiting to happen, as it is currently being challenged in court. A similar law in Massachusetts was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and a subsequent settlement made Massachusetts taxpayers responsible for paying the plaintiffs' legal expenses. 

2) Protect and respect innocent human life from conception to natural death. Cornerstone supports legislation this term that would for the first time authorize collection of abortion statistics from providers statewide. We are also dedicated to supporting the passage of a fetal homicide law. Such laws are already in effect in more than three dozen states.
 
3) Protect the rights of parents to determine the best educational setting for their children, and prevent state imposition of Common Core standards on local districts and homeschooled students. We also support legislative efforts to protect privacy of student data, and to require greater accountability regarding student assessments.

 
4) Support fiscal policies that strengthen New Hampshire families and respect the needs of small business owners. We support right-to-work legislation. We will also continue to work with a broad coalition of New Hampshire groups to keep the Granite State casino-free.
Saturday
Dec202014

Cornerstone - Mass. taxpayers hit with buffer zone costs; is NH next?

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Cornerstone remarks on Massachusetts buffer zone settlement

A settlement in federal court this month has proven that the Massachusetts "buffer zone" law was not only unconstitutional but is also bad news for taxpayers. The state of Massachusetts has agreed to pay $1.2 million to attorneys for the plaintiffs in the McCullen v. Coakley case. We trust that New Hampshire legislators will take the lesson to heart.

New Hampshire legislators are already signing on to a legislative service request for a bill to repeal our state's so-called "buffer zone" law, signed in June by Governor Hassan. This ill-advised law seeks to ban peaceful pro-life witness outside abortion facilities. The law was modeled on the Massachusetts law that was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in June in the McCullen case. 

The $1.2 million Massachusetts settlement could be a sign of things to come for New Hampshire taxpayers. Currently, the New Hampshire "buffer zone" law is not being enforced as seven New Hampshire residents fight it in court. The state of New Hampshire is a defendant to the suit. According to Cornerstone Executive Director Bryan McCormack, "The choice by the Governor and Attorney General to defend this law will leave New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook. This is further proof that Governor Hassan is not only partisan but that she clearly does not have the interest of New Hampshire citizens at heart."

New Hampshire legislators can eliminate this threat to taxpayers by repealing the "buffer zone" law. Constitutionally and fiscally, it's the right thing to do.

Wednesday
Nov192014

Cornerstone congratulates O'Brien on nomination for Speaker 

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 Attribute to: Bryan McCormack, Executive Director  
 

Congratulations to Bill O'Brien on being nominated by his fellow House Republicans to be Speaker of the House. They chose bold leadership today, which is precisely what's needed to keep our state's fiscal house in order. Even more importantly, Representative O'Brien's not embarrassed to speak out in support of New Hampshire families and in support of respect for life. He's well-deserving of another term as Speaker.