Legislative Update: Week of January 6, 2024

New Attack on Life

Act now to: sign in in opposition to CACR 23

New Hampshire abortion extremists have introduced one of the most grievous attacks on life, CACR 23relating to the right to abortion. 

As a constitutional amendment that, practically speaking, would enshrine the right to abortion up to the moment of birth, CACR 23 is one of the greatest legislative threats to life in the Granite State.

This proposed constitutional amendment masquerades as a right to abortion prior to 24 weeks; however, the text of the amendment throws the door wide open to unlimited abortion in the Granite State. CACR 23 asserts that abortion will be allowed before 24 weeks, but after that allows abortion if a doctor determines it is needed, which could be for any reason, including the desires of the mother. In other words, it legalizes all abortion both before and after 24 weeks, including when the child is viable.

CACR 23 will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, 1/10/2024, at 10:00 AM, in the Reps Hall.

When it comes to supporting the killing of innocent children, this constitutional amendment indicates the extreme stance of not only Democrat legislators, but also some Republicans. CACR 23 is co-sponsored by Republican representatives Brandon Phinneyand Susan Vandecasteele, a member of the Bloodthirsty 16, a group of Republican legislators who voted for unlimited abortion up to birth. The position of these New Hampshire legislators is not only extreme, but out of touch with the 68% of Granite Staters who favor limits on abortion.


1. Register your opposition of CACR 23 by signing in in opposition of the constitutional amendment here.

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to sign in here.

2. Submit written testimony. You can do this when you sign in. Simply hit “choose file” under step number four to upload a document with your testimony, or type your testimony into the provided box.

3. We urge you to come and testify in person, especially if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • A physician
  • Someone who has a child or relative disabled since birth
  • Post-abortive mother or father
  • A pro-life woman of any age

We have step-by-step instructions on how to testify here. You can also reach out to us at cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org if you have any questions about the testifying process.

Important Note: A number of people have had issues with the House remote sign-in page. If you are encountering problems, you can also email the committee to directly register your support for the bill and/or submit written testimony. You can find their contact info here or email the full committee at


One Half Step Forward for Girls’ Safety

This week, the New Hampshire House passed HB 396, relative to state recognition of biological sex, by a vote of 192-184. HB 396 is a critical, straightforward bill that preserves the state’s ability to differentiate between biological sexes in areas such as athletic competitions, prisons, restrooms, or places of intimate privacy.

Our celebration proved short-lived, however, as Representative Mike Cahill, a Democrat who voted for the bill, called for reconsideration the next day in an apparently calculated maneuver. As a result of the notice of reconsideration, the bill must again be voted on by the House in an upcoming session.

HB 396 addresses the very real threats to the safety of our women and young girls that arise from the careless use of only self-declared gender identity to separate sensitive areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, athletics, prisons, and other private areas.

Every Republican representative voted in favor of the bill, with the only exceptions being Rep. Mike Bordes of Belknap 5 and Rep. Dan Wolf of Merrimack 7.

We urge you to thank representatives Jim Kofalt and Bob Lynn for their efforts in advancing HB 396, and to urge your legislators to show up in force to once again pass the bill when it comes to the House floor for reconsideration. Should our combined efforts to again pass HB 396 in the House prove successful, it will go to the Senate for consideration. If our experience here is any indication, we are in for continued opposition to this common sense and much-needed legislation. Stay tuned for critical updates on HB 396.

In other significant news, yesterday’s victory on HB 619, prohibiting minors from undergoing genital gender reassignment surgery, was a great and very welcome surprise. We applaud representatives Erica Layon and Lisa Mazur for their hard work on this bill, and we thank the 12 Democrats who voted for the safety of children. However, our top priority is still HB 396 as it will have a broader impact across our state. A liberal parent can always take their child to a neighboring state to have their genitals removed, but a female student in NH cannot go to the school restroom safely or play on a sports team in a red state.


A Win for Students and Teachers

This week, the New Hampshire Senate voted to pass SB 219, the Students First Act. SB 219 is an important bill that will help crack down on sprawling, expensive school administration in New Hampshire and ensure that our education spending puts students and teachers first.

SB 219 passed the Senate along party lines, in a vote of 14-10. The bill, as amended and passed, will require school districts to report six-figure salaries of diversity professionals and other high-paid administrators before school budget meetings.

These reports will prove to voters that they are being duped.Despite decades of increasing school expenses around New Hampshire, school tax increases are largely going to create well-paid left-wing administrative bureaucracies focused on harmful DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives rather than prioritizing teacher pay and student needs.  As a result, our frontline teachers and students are paying the price.

We urge you to contact your Republican senator, thanking them for their vote and for prioritizing the foundational needs of a quality school education.


Update on Recent Legislative Action: Bills we have been following that are now on to the next steps. Your voice is still needed and still matters!


Update on Life Hearings

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard arguments in favor of and in opposition to a constitutional amendment proposed in CACR 24providing that all persons have the right to make their own reproductive decisions.

CACR 24, following on the heels of CACR 23 is another direct, and even broader, attack on life in the Granite State, asserting that an individual’s “right” to ending the life of viable, pre-born babies cannot be denied. It is without limitations of any kind and would nullify our modest 24-week abortion restrictions.

CACR 24 will now be scheduled for an executive session in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee will decide on whether to recommend the bill pass (Ought to Pass or OTP) or fail (Inexpedient to Legislate or ITL) when sending to the full Senate for consideration. This is the first step in passing or defeating a bill.


We urge you to email the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make your voice heard, and ask them to vote ITL on CACR 24 as a direct threat to preborn life. You can find the committee contact info here.

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