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Wednesday
Feb112015

Cornerstone supports today's life-issue bills in House 

Cornerstone Action

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. 

Friday
Jan232015

NHDP - On 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NH Republicans Seek to Implement Radical, Anti-Woman Agenda

Concord, N.H. – On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s watershed Roe v. Wade decision granting women the right to make their own health decisions, New Hampshire Republicans took their first steps to try to implement the NHGOP’s radical, anti-woman agenda.
 
Last September, the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a platform including support for fetal “personhood” rights, and today, the House Judiciary Committee began hearing testimony on a bill to implement this radical, anti-woman plank of the NHGOP platform.
 
“It’s remarkable but fitting that on the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, New Hampshire Republicans would begin work to implement their radical, anti-woman platform,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “As the New Hampshire Republican Party works to pass a measure that could criminalize even certain forms of contraception and fertility treatments, anti-choice party leader Kelly Ayotte needs to level with the people of New Hampshire about whether she supports her party’s radical efforts."

As has been reported, fetal personhood measures “are extremely controversial because they would criminalize abortion without exceptions and could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
 
Efforts to establish fetal personhood rights have been defeated in a number of states, including even Mississippi where voters rejected one such ballot measure.  
 
“If the voters of Mississippi could agree that fetal personhood legislation was too extreme for their state, surely we too can agree that these radical, anti-woman policies have no place in the State of New Hampshire either,” added Sullivan.
 
BACKGROUND
 
The New Hampshire Republican Party platform includes a measure to "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."

If enacted, HB194 “declares that it is the policy of the state of New Hampshire that human life is deemed to exist from conception,” and vests fertilized eggs with “the right to life guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”  

Monday
Dec152014

Daily Signal - From 'Science Fiction' to Reality: The Evolution of Saving a Life Before Birth 

The Daily Signal

 

Dec. 15, 2014

Morning Bell

From 'Science Fiction' to Reality: The Evolution of Saving a Life Before Birth

Special Report: For two innovative doctors, the problem was death—and in their minds, avoidable death that could be prevented by upending science as the world knew it.

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Here's a Viable Replacement for Obamacare

Daily Policy Focus: It's time to consider what a "repeal and replace" strategy for Obamacare might actually look like.

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How Savings Accounts Are Providing a Tailor-Made Education for Students

Frustrated with the "bureaucracy" of public schools, Kami Cothrun created her own school—then got a boost when Arizona gave parents more choice over their child's education.

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Thursday
Oct302014

NHDP - Rand Paul's Endorsement Just Further Proves Scott Brown is Not For New Hampshire 

Manchester, NH—The pro-outsourcing and Republican-aligned U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending more money to try and buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for Scott Brown, this time using Tea Party leader Rand Paul to vouch for Brown. To say the least, Rand Paul's record is radical and out of the mainstream, and the fact that he has become a top surrogate for Scott Brown just further proves how wrong Scott Brown is for New Hampshire.
 
“Rand Paul's record is extreme - he voted for a federal personhood amendment that would criminalize all abortion, voted against the Violence Against Women Act and paycheck fairness, and championed the government shutdown. His decision to support Scott Brown only further proves that Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain

 
THE FACTS ON RAND PAUL'S RECORD AND AGENDA:

RAND PAUL SPONSORED FEDERAL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION
 
2011: Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act. [S. 91, 112th Congress, 1/25/11]
 
·         Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act, Which Declared Protection Under The 14th Amendment Of The Constitution From The Moment Of Conception. “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
 
·         Rand Paul’s Office Issued A Press Release That Said The Life At Conception Act “Would Reverse Roe V. Wade Without The Need For A Constitutional Amendment.” “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution…By following the powers offered to Congress in the Constitution, passage of the Life at Conception Act would reverse Roe v. Wade without the need for a constitutional amendment.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
 
Rand Paul Introduced Senate Bill 583, A Bill That Would Implement Equal Protection Under The 14thAmendment For The Right To Life For Each Born And Unborn Human. “On Thursday, Sen. Paul introduced S.583, a bill that would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human. This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions.” [Press Release, Office of Rand Paul, 3/15/13]
 
·         Rand Paul Introduced Personhood Legislation That Would Ban All Abortions In America Federally And Likely Ban Some Forms Of Hormonal Birth Control, Like The Pill. RACHEL MADDOW: “Rand Paul has introduced personhood legislation that would ban all abortions in America federally. It would also likely ban some forms of hormonal birth control, like the pill and even in vitro fertilization.” [Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 3/21/13]
 

RAND PAUL VOTED AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
 
Rand Paul Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act.  22 Senate Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  [S. 47, Passage, Vote #113, 2/12/13]
 
Rand Paul Said He Opposed The Violence Against Women Act Because It Required “Borrowing Money From China.”  “Paul was asked why he was one of 22 GOP male senators to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act last week.  According to Paul, his opposition to the bill was rooted in VAWA requiring ‘borrowing money from China,’ adding that he thinks such domestic violence efforts should be handled and funded completely at the state level and by private charities, not the federal government. Paul dodged LEO’s question on whether he thought the bill was unconstitutional.”  [LEO Weekly, 2/21/13]
 
RAND PAUL VOTED AGAINST EQUAL PAY LEGISLATION
 
2014: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act. “On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 2199).” [S.2199, Vote #262, 113th Congress, 9/15/14]
 
2014: Rand Paul Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act.  “On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2199).” [S. 2199, Vote #103, 113th Congress,4/9/14]
 
·         Rand Paul Said That The Paycheck Fairness Act That Failed In The Senate Would Interfere With The Free Market. “Many in the GOP see laws like the paycheck fairness measure as an effort to help trial lawyers mount cases. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said it would interfere with the free market.” [CNN New Source, 4/9/14]
 
2012: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act Saying It Was Harmful. "Kentucky's two Republican senators yesterday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce. Kentucky women make just seventy seven cents to every dollar a man makes. The same holds true nationally… But Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says the legislation would do more harm than good." [WKMS, 6/6/12]
 
·         HEADLINE: "Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet Politburo" [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]

RAND PAUL WAS A LEADER IN THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

NBC Politics: Rand Paul Was An “Early Signatory” To The Strategy Linking Continued Government Funding To Defunding Obamacare. “If the consequences of the 2011 debt ceiling standoff rippled through the 2012 election, then this shutdown is almost certain to reverberate through the 2016 presidential election. Among Republicans, three possible presidential candidates — led by Cruz and joined by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — were early signatories to the strategy linking continued government funding to defunding Obamacare, a central factor contributing to the shutdown.” [NBC Politics,10/17/13]
 
Rand Paul On Whether He Would Surrender Plans To Gut Obamacare By Threatening A Government Shutdown: “I Was Elected To Fight To Stop Obamacare And I Will Do Everything Possible To Stop Obamacare.” Asked about the possibility of Republicans surrendering their fight to defund Obamacare though the budget process, Rand Paul: “I was elected to fight to stop Obamacare and I will do everything possible to stop Obamacare.” [Hannity, Fox News, 8/29/13]
 
Rand Paul On The Government Shutdown Fight: “It Isn’t My Job To Guess How This Ends… It Is My Job To Stand Up Against Obamacare.” “As for an outcome of what will happen in terms of which ‘impasse’ he said the House and Senate will end up at, he said he does not know. ‘I can’t tell you the outcome but I can tell you A or B,’ meaning that either there is a filibuster of the House bill to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping Obamacare defunding language from the House CR, or the Senate succeeds in stripping the defund language and the House holds strong by going to a conference and negotiating further takedowns of Obamacare. ‘It isn’t my job to guess how this ends,’ Paul said in the email, adding that his job is to fight against Obamacare. ‘It is my job to stand up against Obamacare,’ Paul said.”  [Breitbart, 9/21/13]
 
Rand Paul: “Cruz Has Done Has Been Masterful. He And Mike Lee Have United The Grassroots Against Obamacare And They’ve Done A Tremendous Job. And I Support Them. I Won’t Vote For, No Matter What Happens, I’m Not Voting To Fund A Penny Of Obamacare.” Rand Paul on using the possibility of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare: “I think what Sen. Cruz has done has been masterful. He and Mike Lee have united the grassroots against Obamacare and they’ve done a tremendous job. And I support them. I won’t vote for, no matter what happens, I’m not voting to fund a penny of Obamacare.” [Hannity Radio, 9/25/13]
Wednesday
Sep242014

NHDP - NHGOP Platform: Make Abortion and Contraception Illegal, Support “Personhood,”

Manchester, NH—The platform of the New Hampshire Republican Party, approved this weekend, would make abortion—with no exceptions even for rape, incest, or the life of the mother — and many common forms of  birth control illegal, and roll back marriage equality. 
 
“New Hampshire Republicans would make abortion illegal, and make illegal many common forms of birth control.  The NHGOP thinks they should make the decisions for women about birth control and abortion,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “They’re endorsing the most extreme, most restrictive, most offensive views of right-wing Tea Party fanatics.  It’s an outrageous attack that New Hampshire women will remember on Election Day.
 
“But that’s not all. The Republican platform also would end marriage equality, making same-sex couples second-class citizens. It’s wrong, and a step backward that the people of New Hampshire will not tolerate."
 
The new NHGOP platform reads, "Support the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections.” 
 
It continues, “Recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family.”