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Cornerstone Action Applauds the Passage of HB 228 Which Will Stop the Flow of NH Taxpayer Dollars to Abortion Providers 

A bill that will end the practice of sending NH taxpayer dollars to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

CONCORD - Cornerstone thanks the New Hampshire House for adopting HB 228. We are especially grateful to Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) for his courageous leadership on this bill. A majority of House members have made the common-sense declaration that no NH resident should be compelled to subsidize abortion providers. This is entirely consistent with Roe v. Wade. The bill respects the conscience rights of everyone in NH who opposes abortion, while leaving abortion rights intact.

When NH's financial resources are stretched so thin, this is hardly the time to send state money to agencies that have enough money to provide abortions as well as health care to their patients. Abortion providers have the choice between doing business without state involvement, or of establishing separate businesses to keep abortion segregated from health care. This has worked in Texas and would work in NH.

The principal abortion provider in our state, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), has objected to the loss of state funds for family planning services at the same time it is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing and "public policy" work. If PPNNE chooses to put marketing above health care, that is their business decision. Let them make it without the support, direct or indirect, of NH taxpayers.



Cornerstone Announces Vice President of Policy 

CONCORD - Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action announced today that J. Scott Moody will serve as its Vice President of Policy beginning January 2, 2012.  Cornerstone is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional family values, limited government, and free markets. Scott will serve as Cornerstone’s first Vice President of Policy.
Scott brings to Cornerstone an understanding of how to use fact-based research to shape public policy with nearly 15 years of experience in the field.  He has worked with numerous national and state-based public policy think-tanks including The Heritage Foundation and The Tax Foundation and has authored over 150 studies and books.  Scott received a Masters in Economics from George Mason University.  Moody’s CV can be viewed here.

“Cornerstone is thrilled to bring Scott on board as its new Vice President of Policy,” said Wendy Warcholik, Executive Director of Cornerstone.  “Scott’s ability to use fact-based analysis to show how important New Hampshire’s families are to our social fabric and economic well-being will significantly elevate Cornerstone’s out-reach—as witnessed by the recent launch of the NH Cornerstone Blog.”

“I am excited to serve as Cornerstone’s Vice President of Policy,” said Moody.  “Too often public policy is based on flimsy anecdotes that lack the hard data to understand the consequences of certain actions.  Protecting New Hampshire’s families is too important not to have the best information available and disseminated as widely as possible.”


Cornerstone Announces New Executive Director

CONCORD - Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action announced today that Wendy Warcholik will serve as their new Executive Director beginning January 1.  Warcholik will replace Kevin Smith whose resignation was effective November 1.

Cornerstone is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets. Wendy will serve as its third Executive Director in 12 years.

Warcholik brings to Cornerstone a decade of experience researching and writing on important public policy issues from a traditional conservative perspective.

Warcholik received a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, and has served as an economist for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Chief Forecasting Economist for Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services, adjunct scholar with the Tax Foundation, and a Research Fellow for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.  Wendy’s full CV can be viewed here.

“The board of Cornerstone is thrilled to have Wendy as its new Executive Director,” said Shannon McGinley, Chairman of the Board.  “Wendy’s commitment to the sanctity of all human life, the defense of marriage, and to limited government makes her a perfect fit for advancing Cornerstone’s mission through the difficult battles ahead.”

 “I am proud to serve as the Executive Director of Cornerstone,” said Warcholik.  “I firmly believe that economic solutions alone will not be durable unless they are supported by an American culture with a strong moral foundation—a foundation Cornerstone has sought to build for more than a decade.”

“The accomplishments of Cornerstone’s board and former Executive Director Kevin Smith show their deep and enduring commitment to faith and to New Hampshire’s families” Warcholik continued.  “I look forward to working closely with Cornerstone’s friends and allies to build upon past successes and to serving as an energetic advocate on behalf of New Hampshire’s families.”


Cornerstone on out-of-state same-sex-marriage funds 



CONCORD - Today, Cornerstone Action Legislative Director, Ellen Kolb, released the following statement upon reports earlier this week that the Executive Director for the local pro-same-sex marriage group had to resign citing a loss in national funding for the position:  


"It looks like out-of-state interests paid to get NH's same-sex-marriage law passed. No surprise. The same-sex-marriage lobby in NH now must do what Cornerstone has done all along: work with NH neighbors using NH resources.  Cornerstone's here for the long run to strengthen and defend marriage, just as we've been here for over a decade, growing every year," said Kolb.



CONCORD - Today, by a vote of 3-1, a Judiciary sub-committee voted to recommend passage of HB437, which would repeal same-sex marriage in the state and restore the definition of marriage to one-man and one-woman.  The amended bill also provides a civil unions provision for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, as well as allows any existing same-sex marriages to remain legally intact should HB437 become law.

Commenting on this action by the sub-committee was Cornerstone's Executive Director, Kevin Smith:

“We think that the amendment passed by the sub-committee today represents a common-sense compromise to what has been a very divisive issue over the last three years.  We are hopeful that this amended bill will enjoy bi-partisan support and is a solution that both sides can live with.”


Cornerstone-Action is the legislative and issue advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research. 

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit education and research organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.