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Federal Government Moves to Keep Tax Dollars Away From Abortion Providers

The Trump Administration on May 18, 2018 announced a proposed federal Health and Human Services rule to prohibit Title X family planning funds from going to agencies that perform abortions. Cornerstone Executive Director Shannon McGinley issued this statement about the proposed rule. The proposed HHS rule is good news. We welcome any step that respects …

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Senate Passes Gender Identity Bill

Following the 14-10 passage of HB 1319 by the New Hampshire Senate on May 2, 2018, Cornerstone released the following statement from Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action Executive Director (cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org, 603-228-4794). The Senate’s decision to pass HB 1319 undermines privacy rights and equitable treatment for all Granite Staters. The bill will impact businesses, camps, dorms, schools, …

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Don’t Let Gender Politics Interfere With Clinical Care: Testimony to Senate Committee on HB 587 (2018)

Testimony provided to N.H. Senate Health and Human Services Committee 4/10/18 by Shannon McGinley, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Cornerstone has opposed this bill since its introduction. Since our testimony to a House committee in February 2017, …

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House Rejects Life-Issue Bills

The New Hampshire House let down New Hampshire voters by rejecting four life-issue bills in recent weeks. HB 1680, Viable Fetus Protection Act: the bill was tabled without debate on March 21. The roll call vote on the tabling motion was 170-163.  The pro-life vote was NAY on the tabling motion. This vote was extremely close, and …

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Gender Identity Bill Passes In N.H. House

On March 7, the New Hampshire House passed HB 1319 on a 195-129 roll call vote. The bill passed in spite of messages to legislators by voters concerned about the “gender identity” bill’s effects on individuals’ privacy and liberty. In the same session, the House killed an effort to prevent gender-reassignment procedures for minors (HB 1532) and …

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Call to Action: Votes Coming for Bills on Gender, Pro-Life, Parents’ Rights

The New Hampshire House will vote on more than 300 bills the week of March 5. These will include gender identity (HB 1319), barring gender reassignment for minors (HB 1532), and barring taxpayer funding of gender reassignment procedures (HB 1560). Also on the agenda are the Viable Fetus Protection Act (HB 1680), the Abortion Information …

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Senate Rejects Assisted Suicide

The New Hampshire Senate today killed SB 490 on a 12-10 vote. This attempt to establish an “end-of-life study committee” would have been a step toward an assisted suicide law for New Hampshire, as the sponsor made clear in her speech introducing the bill. This vote is a statement that New Hampshire does not want …

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Medical Conscience Rights: Cornerstone Supports HB 1787-FN

Your doctor shouldn’t have to leave her convictions at the office door when she comes to work. On Tuesday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m., a House committee will consider HB 1787-FN. This bill would prohibit discrimination against health care providers who object on religious, moral, or ethical grounds to participating in providing or facilitating abortion, …

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Let’s Not Move N.H. Toward Assisted Suicide

Senate Bill 490’s title indicates it’s about studying end-of-life issues, but the sponsor’s recent Senate testimony told a different tale. Cornerstone Action’s executive director Shannon McGinley explains the organization’s opposition to the bill. We appreciate Sen. Martha Hennessey’s candor at the February 8 hearing on the bill, when she expressed support for what she called …

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N.H. House Passes Bill to Muzzle Therapists; It’s Time for Messages to Senate & Governor

The therapy ban has passed the New Hampshire House. Next stop: the Senate. The House passed HB 587 by a vote of 179-171 on February 8. See below for details of the vote. The measure seeks to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from offering talk therapy for minors who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or …

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Therapy Ban is back… AGAIN

Biology-deniers in the New Hampshire House have moved for “reconsideration” of HB 587. If the House votes “yes” on reconsideration, a vote to pass this bill could follow immediately. This dangerous bill would prohibit any discussion between your child and a licensed therapist that affirms your child’s biological reality and helps your child align with his or her …

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Pro-Life Crowd Says “Yes” to Protecting Viable Preborn Children

A bill to provide protection for viable preborn children brought a crowd of supporters to Concord to urge House legislators to do the right thing. Cornerstone’s Shannon McGinley and Gabrielle Jette were at the January 31 hearing on HB 1680, the Viable Fetus Protection Act, calling for an end to the state policy that leaves …

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Our Message on “Gender Identity,” HB 1319: Biology Isn’t Bigotry

The supporters of HB 1319 mean business. They want you to believe that not all Granite Staters are covered under anti-discrimination protections. They seek special rights based on “gender identity.” They deny the threats the bill clearly poses to your privacy and liberty. So who’s more determined – the supporters of HB 1319, or the …

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Top Ten Reasons Why New Hampshire’s Gender Identity Bill is Anti-Liberty

Concerned about personal liberty? Then you need to be concerned about House Bill 1319. There’s more to the gender identity bill than meets the eye. It interferes with private contract. Freedom of contract and association are two fundamental principles for a functioning free market, and this law significantly erodes both. One of the keys to …

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Early House Action, 2018: Mixed Results

In the first floor sessions of 2018, the New Hampshire House approved a bill to establish education savings accounts but killed an abortion statistics bill. In a pair of dramatic votes that each required a tiebreaking vote by Speaker of the House Gene Chandler, the House voted “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) on two therapy ban …

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N.H. House Early Action Could Advance Educational Choice Measure

When the New Hampshire House convenes in the first week of January in 2018, SB 193 will be on the agenda, establishing education savings accounts for the benefit of New Hampshire children meeting eligibility requirements. This educational choice measure survived a 10-9 vote in the House Education Committee, with the bipartisan majority recommending that the bill …

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Cornerstone Forum on Gender Identity 11/30/17

Cornerstone will host a candid forum on gender identity on Thursday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Executive Court, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire. As the New Hampshire legislature prepares to vote on several gender-identity related bills in 2018, Cornerstone welcomes three experts with valuable experience and insights. Stephanie Curry, attorney, Family …

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Abortion Providers in Line for Family Planning Contracts

The Executive Council is expected to vote Wednesday, November 8, on a series of family planning contracts. Three of them are with known abortion providers: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Joan Lovering Health Center, and the Equality Center. ACTION ITEM: Call your Executive Councilor (contact information here), and tell him you do not want your …

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Special Elections November 7 in Manchester and Sullivan County

On Tuesday, November 7, Manchester voters will elect a mayor, and two state representative seats will be filled. Incumbent Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Joyce Craig, whom he narrowly defeated in 2015. Craig has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a national PAC supporting pro-abortion Democratic women, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s …

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Legislative Committee is Next Stop for Proposed Medicaid Rule Regarding Coverage for “Gender Reassignment”

The Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) will consider at its October 19 meeting a rule proposed by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that would make “gender reassignment” a covered service for minors and adults under New Hampshire’s Medicaid program. The meeting on Thursday, October 19, is open to the …

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DHHS Reschedules Hearing on Medicaid Rule Change to Allow Coverage for “Gender Reassignment”

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold a public hearing September 13 (originally scheduled for August 24) on a proposed rule change that would permit Medicaid to cover “gender reassignment” surgery. This would include surgery for children covered under the N.H. Healthy Families program. The hearing will be at 6:00 …

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Victories and Challenges Mark 2017 Legislative Session in Concord

Cornerstone supporters were instrumental in building support for several important legislative measures that Governor Sununu has signed into law. Education policy was a particular bright spot in the 2017 legislative session. School districts now have greater flexibility in finding alternatives for students in grades not provided by the local district (SB 8). Pupil privacy and …

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Tell State Board of Education at June 8 Meeting: Students Deserve Higher Standards

Parents and educators concerned about Common Core educational standards for New Hampshire students can bring their concerns to the State Board of Education (BOE) at its next meeting, June 8, 2017. Encourage board members and Commissioner Frank Edelblut to review academic standards, including Common Core’s English and Math standards and the Next Generation Science Standards …

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