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HB 446: Senate to Vote on “Neither Male nor Female” Option on Birth Certificates

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to vote on May 15, 2019 on HB 446, relative to initiating amendments and corrections to birth records. The bill would allow a vital record, namely a birth certificate, to be changed to reflect a person’s adopted “gender identity,” whether male, female, or “neither male nor female.” A Senate committee has proposed an amendment the House version of …

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3 Reasons to Consider Running for Local Office

…And Why The Time Is Now To Make the Commitment! Cornerstone is dedicated to keeping you posted on happenings at the State House. As our Nashua neighbors have recently reminded us, though, local offices are important as well. Our communities are stronger when they’re served by people of faith.  Town council, school board, budget committee, county commission: these are just a few of the offices filled during local elections, which are usually held …

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NH: The Most Abortion-Friendly State?

New York’s governor ordered buildings to be illuminated in pink lights on January 22, in celebration of state law he had just signed eliminating most limitations on abortion. Legislators in Virginia and Vermont are ready to follow suit with radically anti-life policies. Think it couldn’t happen in New Hampshire? The grim fact is that it already has. New Hampshire is one of the most abortion-friendly …

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Protect Parents’ Rights, Student Privacy (SB 196, 2019)

Testimony submitted to Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone Action Education Liaison. On behalf of Cornerstone Action, representing thousands of New Hampshire residents. I offer this testimony in opposition to SB 196.  The bill seeks to change the requirements for school district policies governing the administration of non-academic surveys or questionnaires by removing informed written consent by parents or …

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Another Opportunity for Abortion Statistics (HB 158-FN, 2019)

Cornerstone Action supports HB 158-FN, relative to induced termination of pregnancy statistics. We have supported similar bills since 2004. We saw the commendable and painstaking bipartisan work in 2015 and 2016 that went into a statistics bill which unfortunately did not pass. It demonstrated nonetheless that bipartisan cooperation on this public health measure is possible. We support the collection of abortion statistics, in aggregated …

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Schools, Prayer, & Lawmakers: Clarity Needed (HB 289)

Cornerstone Action takes a cautious position on HB 289, relative to the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in elementary schools. The language of the bill is deceptively simple. It raises two concerns, however, which legislators should consider during the hearing on HB 289 (Thursday, 1/17/19, 2:30 p.m., House Education Committee). HB 289 would repeal a New Hampshire law permitting school districts to authorize the …

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Gender Ideology Threatens Vital Records

The New Hampshire House is considering a bill to allow individuals to obtain a new birth certificate based on a change of “gender identity.” Options on the birth certificate would be “male,” “female,” and “nonbinary.” HB 446 will have a hearing in the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Cornerstone Action opposes this threat to …

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Maintain Integrity of Vital Records (HB 446, 2019)

Testimony delivered to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Cornerstone Executive Director Shannon McGinley. For more information, contact cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 446, relative to initiating amendments and corrections to birth certificates. Upon the introduction of the legislative service request that led to HB 446, Cornerstone Action consulted with civil rights attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, since …

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Repeal the Buffer Zone Law (HB 124, 2019)

[Testimony submitted to House Judiciary Committee by Christopher Jay, Attorney with Cornerstone] Cornerstone Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan New Hampshire public policy organization that advocates to protect life, religious liberty, and family in the state of New Hampshire.  We ask your support of HB 124, in repealing New Hampshire’s so-called “buffer zone” law. This “buffer-zone” law is squarely unconstitutional. It cannot be enforced without violating …

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