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Thursday
May142015

NHDP - ICYMI: “GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood” 

Concord, N.H. – Last week, Kelly Ayotte's New Hampshire Republican Party renewed its extreme position on women’s health, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
  
Responding in a Concord Monitor op-ed, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund’s Jennifer Frizzell writes that protecting women’s health is a goal that members of both parties should be able to support “without apology.”
 
See below for the full op-ed:
 
My Turn: "GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood"
By Jennifer Frizzell
http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/16870551-95/my-turn-gop-should-stand-proudly-with-planned-parenthood
 
A recent New Hampshire Republican party leader’s attendance at a Planned Parenthood event has prompted a public conversation about what it means to be both a Republican and a Planned Parenthood supporter. Of concern, the coverage to date seems to be motivated by ideological politics and ignore the reality of peoples’ lives.
 
I grew up in a New Hampshire Republican household with a steady stream of community and civic engagement. My parents raised three daughters and discussions about protecting our health and taking charge of our futures never came with a political label. Individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government were always GOP core principles. In fact, many Republicans have told me that’s why they have long supported family planning and Planned Parenthood’s mission – to ensure all women have the information and resources they need to control their own reproductive health.
 
For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has focused on the importance of providing access to reproductive health care for women and families, and in New Hampshire and across the country we depend on leaders on both sides of the aisle to help us continue this work.
 
In many parts of the country, Planned Parenthood was founded and supported by Republicans, and a number of Republican presidents have demonstrated strong commitments to federal family planning programs that provide affordable access to birth control and other preventive care.
 
Nowhere is that history more established than right here in New Hampshire, where the Legislature has a long track record of ensuring that women have access to the health services and the freedom to make decisions about their reproductive lives. 

Earlier this year, a bipartisan majority in the New Hampshire House continued this tradition by defeating an effort to block women from getting basic preventive services at health centers across the state – including affordable birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing and other essential care. This outcome was achieved with the vote of 76 pro-women’s health Republican representatives.
 
Leadership from prominent New Hampshire Republican officials has also been critical to protecting this access to care on a national level, including the late senator Warren Rudman and former congressman Charlie Bass. Both were outspoken about the importance of ensuring women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions rather than having the government make these decisions for them.
 
Planned Parenthood serves as an essential source of primary and preventive health care in New Hampshire, with 33 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers providing care in rural or medically underserved areas. Planned Parenthood patients come from every walk of life, every part of the country, span race, gender and economic background. And the 2.7 million patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers each year for lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment aren’t coming because of politics – they come because they care about their health and their lives.
 
Planned Parenthood is also proud to provide abortion, a safe and legal medical procedure that is supported by more than 73 percent of New Hampshire residents – the highest number of residents in any state in the country. And while labels don’t reflect the complexity of the issue or how people feel, a recent Suffolk University Poll shows nearly half of Republicans identify as “pro-choice” in New Hampshire. Like the majority of Americans – we can all agree that decisions about abortion should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith with the counsel of her doctor – and without government intrusion.
 
Reproductive health is not separate from economic concerns – they are deeply linked in women’s lives. When women can decide whether and when to have children, they are more able to pursue an education and achieve economic security.

We welcome a conversation about the role that Planned Parenthood health centers play in women’s lives, and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and our New Hampshire advocacy organization play in ensuring that people continue to have access to those health care and education services. By providing comprehensive reproductive care, Planned Parenthood is improving the health of women and communities and fueling a healthier economy. By advocating for laws and policies that protect women’s health, and educating voters about how candidates’ positions would affect women’s health, the Action Fund is helping to keep New Hampshire moving forward. These are goals the GOP should embrace – without apology.
 
(Jennifer Frizzell lives in Concord and works as the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.)

Thursday
May072015

NH House Republicn Alliance - NH takes another step to protecting unborn children 

House Republican Majority Caucus (HRMC) comments passage of SB40
 
 
The House Republican Majority Caucus released a statement today on the passage of SB40. As amended, this is a bill that would allow justice to be served in the death of an unborn child.  The passage of SB40 as amended brings the bill in line with the house bill  passed earlier this year.  The language updates New Hampshire laws to that of 38 other states who have passed similar bills to protect unborn children.
"Bills such as this one have been on the books for years in other states across the nation beginning the early 1970's in California.  Our laws are long outdated in protecting unborn children and this bill brings us into the 21st century for protecting all of our citizens." stated Rep. Leon Rideout- Lancaster.  " The faulty claims from the left have zero foundation in truth.  Keeping our laws antiquated and violating the 14th amendment of equal protection for all people is unacceptable.
With all the new technology we have developed during the past 30 years to understand the life cycle of a preborn child, it's about time we started protecting them and providing justice for the families of New Hampshire's most innocent victims." 
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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