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CONCORD, NH, 3/7/12 - Cornerstone Action endorses two pro-life bills expected to be voted on by the New Hampshire House this week.

            House Bill 1659, the Women’s Right to Know Act, will finally put women’s health on a par in the eyes of the law with the right to choose abortion. Thirteen co-sponsors signed on to this carefully-drafted bill that will require abortion providers to get documented informed consent from a patient before an abortion takes place. Far from attacking Roe v. Wade, the Women’s Right to Know bill is consistent with U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating back twenty years to the Casey decision.

            House Bill 1679 would make partial-birth abortion illegal in New Hampshire. This late-term procedure, in which a fetus is partially delivered before being put to death, is barbaric and unnecessary. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal partial-birth abortion ban. A federal Administration could decide not to enforce the federal ban, making a state-level law desirable. With other abortion methods available, and in view of the fact that partial-birth blurs the line between abortion and infanticide, New Hampshire has an interest in preventing this procedure from gaining any traction in this state.

            Opponents of a partial-birth ban claimed during a hearing on the bill that such procedures are not performed in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, that cannot be verified, since the state does not require reporting on methods used by abortion providers.

            Informed consent has not impaired the practice of medicine with respect to other procedures, so the Women’s Right to Know bill should pose no problem for health care providers who are genuinely concerned with women’s health.

            Under both bills, a woman’s right to choose abortion is protected. The bills were drafted with the assistance of experts in constitutional law, and neither bill seeks to pick a fight with the Supreme Court.  New Hampshire’s abortion providers work virtually without regulation. In fact, under Roe v. Wade, numerous reasonable regulations with respect to women’s health and safety are permitted, and many states have enacted legislation accordingly. We welcome these efforts to move New Hampshire’s laws into the 21st century with respect to women’s health and abortion.

            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.



On January 31, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity founded to promote breast cancer research and prevention, announced its decision to cease providing grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates. Describing PP as "a longstanding partner", the Komen foundation nonetheless put grants on hold pending the outcome of a Congressional investigation. The Komen charity recently adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.

We note that the Komen decision was not affected by PP's abortion business. Even so, we're glad that even temporarily, Komen's work for women's health is no longer entangled with the business of the nation's largest abortion provider. Numerous agencies that provide breast health care and screenings, without also providing abortions, would be happy to apply for Komen grant money and put it to work promoting women's health.

We flatly disbelieve any assertion that the Komen decision will interfere with cancer screenings by PP. According to CBS News, PP said the Komen grants totaled roughly $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before. That amount, covering PP affiliates all over the country, is less than the public policy expenditures by just one PP affiliate: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, whose 2010 annual report shows $822,481 spent on "public policy." Any decision to deny cancer screenings as a result of a loss of Komen funds is a business decision by PP to make women's health a secondary concern. Women seeking health care deserve better from their providers.

The response of PP supporters has been interesting, particularly on social media. There has been no acknowledgment from PP, either formal or informal, that Komen has the responsibility for good stewardship of its funds, and that it is legitimate to take a wait-and-see approach while a Congressional investigation is pending for a potential grant recipient. Instead, Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, accuses Komen of submitting to "bullying."

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has made a good decision, and pro-life women can finally participate in its activities without fear that  donations will be sent to the nation's largest abortion provider. We encourage all who applaud this decision to participate in a Komen event, and to let the foundation know the reason. We also note that any dollar spent on a publicity campaign by PP to pressure Komen is a dollar that is not going to promote women's health.


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.”