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Wednesday
Jan142015

Cornerstone Action announces legislative priorities for 2015 

Cornerstone Action

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.
Thursday
Oct232014

Cornerstone - Kuster's Spooky Press Conference 

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 Kuster's Contempt For Her Constituents is Over the Top
 
Manchester- NH - Congresswoman Ann Kuster styles herself "pro-choice," and she held a press conference today to emphasize that point. In a macabre display of poor taste, she talked about "choice" in front of a backdrop of skeletons, as seen in the photo below. Supporting the abortion industry isn't enough for her. She has to make a Halloween stunt out of it. Not only is this offensive in itself, but it's also an absolute affront to Second Congressional District residents who value the dignity of life.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack said, “This is a vivid display not only of Representative Kuster’s lack of care for her constituents but her lack of decorum. Clearly, she's not representing constituents who value the dignity of life. Not only does she not represent them, but she obviously has no respect for them. As a public official, one would hope for her to conduct herself with at least some level of decency and respect. Clearly such conduct is not the case with Representative Kuster.”
 

Saturday
Oct042014

Cornerstone - Shaheen Planned Parenthood Rally 

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 Shaheen Rallies with President of Planned Parenthood
 
Concord N.H. October 3, 2014- Senator Jeanne Shaheen's appearance today with the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (their political arm) is an embarrassment to her New Hampshire constituents. Instead of rallying with PP, the Senator could have served the women of New Hampshire better by asking PP's representative a few questions.
 
Why did Planned Parenthood of Northern New England lobby so hard for a "buffer zone" law, knowing that the U.S. Supreme Court was about to rule on a similar Massachusetts law? Why did a PPNNE representative stand by Governor Hassan as she signed New Hampshire's buffer zone law AFTER the Supreme Court threw out the Massachusetts law on which the New Hampshire law is modeled? Why did PP put New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook for defending such a First Amendment violation? The Senator's concern for New Hampshire women apparently does not extend to according them freedom to witness peacefully outside abortion facilities.
 
Until this year's legislative session, Planned Parenthood resisted legislative attempts to mandate collection of abortion statistics. Gathering abortion statistics would not affect PP funding nor operations, but could provide valuable public-health insight.  
 
Why does Planned Parenthood go its own way in dispensing abortion-inducing drugs, rather than abiding by FDA protocols regarding how far into pregnancy such drugs should be used without danger to pregnant women? In extending the time of administration of the drug Mifeprex beyond the FDA’s recommended standard, Planned Parenthood is putting the health of women at risk.