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 Hampshire by a single vote earlier this year – a vote cast by the presiding Democrat, who broke a tie. House Bill 1501, a measure introduced this year regarding licensing and oversight of abortion facilities, was defeated after a House committee unanimously recommended that it be killed – a committee with eleven Democrats and nine Republicans.
It’s fair to ask, “Which party do you think is more likely to support pro-life views?” The answer to that is obvious. Still, there’s that buffer zone law. That doesn’t make support for a party a bad idea. It just means that casting a wide net, for example by offering support to any candidate with an “R” next to the name, means bringing in mixed results.
Our Families First Pledge has gone out to New Hampshire’s candidates. Before the primary election, we’ll be posting the names of candidates who sign this commitment. We’ll have a guide to votes cast in the past legislative session as well. Many incumbents are running for re-election, and Cornerstone’s been watching how they’ve done this past session. When you give your support to Cornerstone, you can be confident we’re looking out for those pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious liberty candidates.