religious liberty

Legislative Update- February 3rd

Legislative Update for week of February 4th- 9th During the Legislative Session, watch your inbox every Saturday for our Legislative Update for the upcoming week, including new bills introduced, updates to legislation in commitee and how you can act!   NEW BILLS THIS WEEK: HB632, HB481 UPDATE ON BILLS: HB201, HB383, HB289 HB189 BILL: HB 632-FN Education Tax Credit RepealWHEN: Public Hearing Tuesday, February 5 11:00 a.m; Legislative …

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Reaffirm Religious Liberty in NH Schools

Op-Ed by Cornerstone Attorney Christopher Jay Update: This op-ed published in the Union Leader, February 5th 2019 Prayer in public schools is a provocative issue: an unpredictable mix of principle, personal, and practical. This volatile conversation has arisen in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the form of House Bill 289, which proposes to repeal the current state law that enables a district …

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House Votes to Kill Buffer Zone Repeal

The New Hampshire House voted on January 31 to kill an attempt to repeal the so-called buffer zone law. Cornerstone supported the bill, HB 124. The vote was 228-141 on an “inexpedient to legislate” motion. The roll call is here. Note that because the motion was “inexpedient to legislate,” a Yea vote was a bad vote. The buffer zone law is a blight on our …

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House Hearings on Changing Gender on Birth Certificates & Disallowing School Prayer

Second in Cornerstone’s 2019 series of State House updates! To see the first one click here.  Cornerstone is keeping you updated on public hearings on proposed legislation regarding issues that matter to you! Remember, at any of these hearings you may speak on a bill, or you may attend simply to sign a sheet indicating whether you support or oppose the bill. You can also …

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Religious Freedom Wins at the Supreme Court!

In a 7-2 decision announced on June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who declined to provide services for a wedding ceremony that was in violation of his religious beliefs. In Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Human Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that a state commission was wrong to punish the baker for living out his religious faith. This is a First Amendment …

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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, we have heard from professional therapists who are appalled …

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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 58 representatives were absent or “not voting” that day. …

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Health Care Freedom of Conscience (HB 1787, 2018)

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1787-FN, relative to health care freedom of conscience. Health care professionals should not be expected to leave their religious, moral, and ethical beliefs at the door when they come to work. While HB 1787 specified conscience protection for practitioners relative to only a few procedures, we support the bill as an important step in conscience protections. We support the inclusion …

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Conscience Bill Should Be Welcomed

Shortly before the 2016 election, then-candidate Chris Sununu  – who had a mixed record as an executive councilor when it came to funding abortion providers – wrote that he would support five specific “common sense” initiatives long pursued by pro-life voters. In an open letter addressed to attorney Ovide Lamontagne, Sununu cited “healthcare freedom of conscience” as one of them. We hope the legislature …

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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, artificial contraception, or sterilization. The full text of the …

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