Written Testimony

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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No to Prostitution Study, HB 287 (2018)

Cornerstone urges you to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 287. When the bill was introduced, and throughout the work sessions on the bill, Cornerstone urged that the bill shift its focus to a study of human trafficking in New Hampshire. We also urged that legislators explicitly reject re-defining prostitution as a type of regulated …

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Let’s Not Move N.H. Toward Assisted Suicide (SB 490, 2018)

Cornerstone Action a New Hampshire non-partisan, non-profit pro-family advocacy organization. Among our concerns is public policy regarding the fundamental right to life. SB 490 threatens that right. On behalf of Cornerstone’s supporters statewide, I urge you to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on SB 490. We appreciate Sen. Hennessey’s candor at the February 8 hearing on …

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Regulation of Non-Public Schools (HB 1432, 2018)

Cornerstone opposes HB1432 for several reasons. HB 1432 attempts to regulate nonpublic schools by imposing specific background checks and nondiscrimination requirements.  We are concerned about the religious liberty implication of HB 1432, since this regulation would be most restrictive on religious schools. In fact, we suggest that HB 1432 is both unnecessary and burdensome to …

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Defining Discrimination at N.H. Colleges and Universities (HB 1528, 2018)

Cornerstone opposes HB 1528 due to the concerns raised over the unintended consequences of adding “gender identity” to the list of protected classes under anti-discrimination laws relative to the university and community college systems. The debate on adding gender identity to the list of protected classes often swirls around the usage of bathrooms by transgender …

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Don’t Impose Gender Reassignment on Minors (HB 1532, 2018)

Cornerstone Action, representing thousands of New Hampshire residents, endorses HB 1532. We urge you to send this children’s health measure to the full House with an Ought to Pass recommendation. This legislation is a thoughtful response to a recent policy decision made by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Last July 1, without advance notice, DHHS began …

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No to Taxpayer Funding for Gender Reassignment (HB 1560, 2018)

Cornerstone is concerned about public policy regarding parental rights, children’s welfare, and conscience rights. All three are at issue with HB 1560. Cornerstone Action and its supporters support this bill. A recent Medicaid rule change in New Hampshire provides background to our position. Late last July, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services sent letters …

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Yes to Meaningful Informed Consent for Abortion (HB 1707-FN, 2018)

Cornerstone urges passage of HB 1707-FN, the Abortion Information Act. We are concerned about public policy regarding a woman’s right to have full information, and adequate time to consider it, before making a decision to have an abortion. HB 1707 is drafted to be consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 Casey decision which reaffirmed …

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No to Medicaid Payments for Sex Reassignment (SB 331, 2018)

Cornerstone is concerned about public policy regarding parental rights, children’s welfare, and conscience rights. All three are at issue with SB 331. Cornerstone Action and its supporters support the bill. A recent Medicaid rule change provides background to our position. Late last July, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services sent letters to participants in …

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Common Core Standards: New Hampshire Students Deserve Better

Testimony regarding Concerns regarding NH State Academic Standards in Math & English, presented to New Hampshire Board of Education 5/11/2017 by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action. I come here today to speak on the review of the State academic standards in Math and English, which are also known as the Common Core State Standards. …

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To Board of Ed: Review Next Generation Science Standards

Testimony to the New Hampshire Board of Education, 5/11/2017, from Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action. I come here today to address the Next Generation Science Standards that were adopted in November 2016. In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in Math and English.  From that day, parents and teachers …

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Let Our 5-Year-Olds Play: No to Full-Day Kindergarten Bill (SB 191, 2017)

Delivered to House Finance Committee by Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Executive Director: Cornerstone Action urges the House Finance Committee to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on SB 191 as written. Although we acknowledge the best intentions of the bill’s supporters, we must oppose SB 191. We recognize that this committee is focused on its fiscal impact to …

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Lead Remediation Bill Misses the Mark (SB 247, 2017)

Addressed to House Finance Committee by Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Executive Director: On behalf of Cornerstone’s supporters, we urge you to reject SB 247. The scourge of lead poisoning is not addressed properly in this bill, which interferes with parental rights and subjects children to unnecessary and physically invasive testing. Since the fiscal impact is the …

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Another Casino Bill: Still a Bad Idea (SB 242, 2017)

For years, Cornerstone has consistently opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. We have expressed these concerns to this committee in past legislative sessions, but they bear repeating. Legalized gambling is driven by …

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Testimony on Fetal Homicide, SB 66 (2017)

Testimony delivered by Shannon McGinley for Cornerstone Action. Cornerstone Policy Research and its public policy arm, Cornerstone Action, represent New Hampshire residents supporting public policy that strengthens New Hampshire families. Cornerstone continues to support fetal homicide legislation. We consider SB 66 an encouraging start toward a fetal homicide law. New Hampshire is one of very …

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Testimony on Conversion Therapy Ban, SB 224 (2017)

Testimony delivered by Shannon McGinley for Cornerstone Action.  Please vote to ITL on SB 224. This bill would prohibit licensed counselors from counseling minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction. Sexual attractions, especially during adolescence, are fluid and subject to change therefore, I feel it is premature to even use the term “orientation” or “conversion therapy” when …

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Bathroom Bill (HB 478, 2017)

Submitted to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Shannon McGinley, February 21, 2017. Please vote Inexpedient to Legislate on HB 478, which has been introduced as an anti-discrimination measure. Let me begin by saying that every human being has inherent dignity and deserves to be valued and respected. The motivation of this …

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HB 587, Conversion Therapy Ban (2017)

Submitted to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Shannon McGinley, February 16, 2017. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation, especially in adolescence, is fluid and subject to change. I have five sons including two teenagers, and we are …

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Fetal Homicide (HB 156, 2017)

Cornerstone has actively supported fetal homicide legislation in the past, seeing it as an appropriate way to recognize the loss of life sustained by women whose wanted preborn children are killed by the bad action of a third party. This session, we ask you to recommend Ought to Pass on HB 156. This legislation would …

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Non-Academic Surveys (SB 43, 2017)

Senate Bill 43 provides that no student shall be required to volunteer or submit to a non-academic survey or questionnaire without written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The bill also creates an exception to this requirement for the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cornerstone supports …

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Abortion Statistics (HB 471, 2017)

Cornerstone Policy Research has supported abortion statistics bills going back to 2004. A representative of Cornerstone Action sat in on study committee hearings on the last two statistics bills considered by the House. We saw firsthand the commendable and painstaking bipartisan work in 2015 and 2016 that went into the last statistics bill, HB 629, …

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Buffer Zone Repeal (HB 589, 2017)

Among Cornerstone’s goals is the protection of human life from the time of conception to the end of natural life. Along with that goes our interest in recognition of the constitutional First Amendment rights of people peacefully advocating for protection of human life. To that end, we ask you today to support HB 589, repealing …

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Prohibit Implementation of Common Core (HB 207, 2017)

Testimony by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison My focus is on parental rights, academic excellence and literacy. I come here in support of HB 207 but with changes to the proposed language. This bill modifies RSA 193-E (Adequate Public Education), however I believe the reference to RSA 193-C (State Ed Improvement and Assessment Program) …

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Student Assessments (HB 166, 2017)

By Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison Cornerstone opposes HB166. While I like the intentions of HB166, it does not go far enough. There is no reference to the validity of the local assessments that would replace the statewide assessment and there are no ethical boundaries that we desperately need to govern the psychometric testing. …

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Protecting Viable Children from Abortion (HB 578, 2017)

Cornerstone supports House Bill 578 to prevent induced abortions of viable preborn children. To tolerate the killing of such human beings, not as the unintended outcome of efforts to protect a woman but as a direct intentional action in itself, is simply uncivilized. The last time the House considered similar legislation, the minority report on …

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HB 103, School District Policy on Objectionable Course Material (2017)

Testimony delivered by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action. I am a volunteer for Cornerstone where I focus on academic excellence, literacy and parental rights. I come here today in support of HB 103.  HB 103 is a parental rights bill that supports local control in education.  What is more supportive of local …

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