Time for N.H. House to Pass Abortions Statistics Bill

December 30, 2017

The House Health and Human Services Committee (HHS) has recommended passage of an abortion statistics bill, HB 471. Time and again, efforts to pass a statistics law have fallen short. The House can put that sorry history behind it in the first week of the 2018 legislative session, by accepting the committee’s “ought to pass […]

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Cornerstone Recommends ITL on Prostitution Study

December 29, 2017

The House Criminal Justice Committee has voted 14-6 to recommend “ought to pass as amended” on HB 287, to study decriminalizing prostitution. Cornerstone urges legislators to reject the committee report and instead vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 287. When the bill was introduced, and throughout the work sessions this fall on the bill, Cornerstone […]

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Therapy Bans: Committee Says “No,” and Cornerstone Agrees

December 27, 2017

Two bills written to interfere with licensed counselors, HB 587 and SB 244, will get House votes in January 2018 after being retained by the House Health and Human Services Committee last spring.  These two bills are about what sponsors call “conversion therapy,” but the truth is that these bills would create a therapy ban […]

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The Council Can and Should Handle “Policy”

November 15, 2017

“We don’t do policy.” Cornerstone heard from supporters who got that reply from an Executive Councilor who was explaining how he simply couldn’t deny state funds to abortion providers for non-abortion work. All he could do, he asserted, was approve what had been negotiated between the bidders and the state Department of Health and Human Services. […]

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Executive Council Once Again Hands Over Your Money to Abortion Providers

November 9, 2017

Three Executive Councilors just awarded family planning contracts to ten agencies, including three known providers of surgical abortions. More of your money was given to Planned Parenthood, the Equality Center, and the Joan Lovering Center when Republican Russell Prescott joined Democrats Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas in voting Yes. Councilor Prescott’s vote is particularly distressing, […]

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Ed. Commissioner Supports Higher Standards, As Councilors Play Politics

September 2, 2017

Cornerstone Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield responds to a recent commentary by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas, published in several New Hampshire news outlets. The recently-published criticism aimed at Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut by Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas made me wonder: are the Councilors bothered that Edelblut is working hard to […]

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Honoring the Memory of Charlie Gard

July 28, 2017

We hear with great sadness of the death of little Charlie Gard, who has died in hospice after his parents were denied the opportunity to provide experimental medical treatment for him. His life and death, and his parents’ heroic defense of their son’s dignity, make us all think about the dignity of people with disabilities, […]

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State Budget Should Have No Room for Abortion

June 7, 2017

Whenever the New Hampshire Executive Council awards a contract to an abortion provider, someone in the room is bound to remark that the funds are for non-abortion work or that taxpayers aren’t funding abortions. That doesn’t tell the whole story. New Hampshire state funds might not go directly for abortion, but they go to abortion […]

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President Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

May 4, 2017

President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty is a small step in the right direction after the hostility of the previous Administration. Even so, the limited scope of the President’s order is a disappointment, and therefore we hope it is the beginning of a process and not the end of one. It would be a […]

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Another Casino Bill: Still a Bad Idea (SB 242, 2017)

April 13, 2017

For years, Cornerstone has consistently opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. We have expressed these concerns to this committee in past legislative sessions, but they bear repeating. Legalized gambling is driven by […]

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Legislators, Say No to Doubling the Family Planning Budget

April 4, 2017

A state budget increase that seems designed to divert taxpayer money to the region’s abortion providers is a bad idea, particularly in view of critical public health issues in New Hampshire. A significant amount of family planning money comes to New Hampshire from the federal government via the Title X program. Family planning contracts in […]

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Edelblut Nomination: Time to Act

February 9, 2017

Pending some communication between Governor Sununu and all the members of the New Hampshire Board of Education, the Executive Council delayed a vote on Frank Edelblut’s nomination to be Commissioner of Education. The Council meets again on February 15, and three of the five Councilors have indicated support for the nomination. We hope that the […]

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First In the Nation Voters, Seize Your Opportunity

February 27, 2015

by Bryan McCormack, Executive Director Having grown up in the Granite State, I have had the pleasure of enjoying all the marvels of our great state. From our rugged mountains all the way to our frozen lakes, there is so much beauty in the New Hampshire brand. However, there is one more beauty that I […]

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NH Supreme Court: Business as Usual for PP (For Now)

October 28, 2014

Who has legal standing to fight in court for women’s health? More precisely, who has standing to challenge an entity that dispenses chemical-abortion drugs in violation of federal Food and Drug Administration protocols? Not New Hampshire taxpayers, and not a New Hampshire pro-life group representing thousands of members. That was the decision of the New […]

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Beyond “Smarter Balance”: Protecting Student Privacy

September 14, 2014

The new Common Core Standards (CCSS) have generated controversy around the country.  In a recent Huffington Post article, “How the Common Core Lost Teacher Support”, Peter Green explains why support among teachers is plummeting.   Green highlights the numerous reasons why teachers are seeing significant problems associated with this latest education reform fad. Within this latest […]

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Truth in Labeling: Beyond the Party Symbols

August 26, 2014

Quick – how do you recognize a pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious-liberty candidate? Trick question. There is no “quick” way.  But doesn’t party affiliation do the sorting for us? No.  Remember that five of the sponsors of New Hampshire’s “buffer zone” law are Democrats, and three are Republicans. Casinos and their social costs were kept out of New […]

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Freedom and equality under the law for all

March 31, 2014

Freedom and equality under the law for all. In New Hampshire, we sometimes take this for granted. But our state constitution says that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied to anyone on account of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin. Yet twenty-three New Hampshire senators seemingly want to pick and […]

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Abortion Statistics: Putting Down a Marker for Women’s Health

March 7, 2014

 As yet another abortion-statistics bill approaches a vote in the New Hampshire House, one legislator’s words stand out. Rep. Don LeBrun (R-Nashua) wrote an explanation for his committee’s recommendation that HB 1502 be sent for interim study. Here is what he had to say, as printed in the House calendar: “The committee is committed to […]

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Pope Francis’s Remarks Decoded

September 24, 2013

First off, let me say that I am grateful for the amount of media coverage that Pope Francis’ remarks have received.  It is important that his message of love and compassion within the Catholic Church be communicated to everyone.  It is equally important to draw attention to the fact that the media has focused so […]

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Thank you Senator Ayotte for speaking up on unregulated online gaming

September 9, 2013

About two years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) handed down a ruling that overturned longstanding precedent to legalize online gaming.  For more than 50 years, the Wire Act was interpreted by Justice Departments in Republican and Democrat Administrations to prohibit gambling over wires, which came to include the internet. […]

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Pratte: Fiscal Irresponsibility Returns to Concord

April 3, 2013

When our legislators in Concord act irresponsibly, you and I pay for it.  And soon we’ll be paying more in taxes and fees while exposing the State to extraordinarily risky financial situations over the next decade. The budget proposed by House Democrats and Governor Maggie Hassan increases spending by a whopping 16% all while raiding […]

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Pratte: Waging a War on Low Income Families: Another Perspective on the Education Tax Credit Debate

March 12, 2013

If the New Hampshire House of Representatives has its way, children from low-income families will be forced to rescind scholarships that enable them to attend private elementary and high schools.  When passed last year, the Education Tax Credit was a major victory for low-income parents because it presented them with the opportunity to send their […]

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Pratte: Budget Must Be Based on Sound Revenue

January 19, 2013

Conservatives were kicked in the knees by November’s election results, and now we are facing legislation that should strike fear in the hearts of those who believe in life, families, and free markets. The first battle we will face is over expanded gambling here in the Granite State. New Hampshire is known for its tourism […]

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McGinley: Republicans will only win when they fully embrace their platform

November 14, 2012

In today’s technology driven election climate, it’s not enough for Cornerstone to promote pro-family candidates among issue advocates to make sure a conservative agenda resonates with voters. If Republicans want to win, the Republican Party and its top-ticket candidates must develop recognizable pro-family concepts in their campaigns and fully embrace the conservative cause. Cornerstone can […]

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True feminism will end the war on women

October 2, 2012

The Declaration of Independence led to America’s freedom from Great Britain and reminded the world that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are God-given rights enjoyed by every person equally on the day of his or her creation. But in the 236 years since the Declaration, our country has faced a constant internal struggle […]

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Religious Liberty Is Under Attack

August 21, 2012

When President Obama visited Rochester, N.H., last week, Sister Mary Agnes of the St. Charles Children Home covered the organization’s sign with a new message: “Pray for Religious Freedom.” As I join the Sisters in prayer for our inalienable natural right to religious liberty, which is protected by both our state and federal constitutions, I thought […]

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Abortion is at the center of Planned Parenthood’s business model

August 13, 2012

It is impossible to ensure that taxpayer dollars directed to Planned Parenthood for so-called family-planning services don’t also pay for abortions, and it is for that reason alone that it was appropriate for the New Hampshire Executive Council to reject the abortion business’s state contract for family-planning services last year. Under the N.H. Constitution’s protection […]

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