Written Testimony

Maintain Integrity of Vital Records (HB 446, 2019)

Testimony delivered to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Cornerstone Executive Director Shannon McGinley. For more information, contact cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 446, relative to initiating amendments and corrections to birth certificates. Upon the introduction of the legislative service request that led to HB 446, Cornerstone Action consulted with civil rights attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, since …

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Repeal the Buffer Zone Law (HB 124, 2019)

[Testimony submitted to House Judiciary Committee by Christopher Jay, Attorney with Cornerstone] Cornerstone Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan New Hampshire public policy organization that advocates to protect life, religious liberty, and family in the state of New Hampshire.  We ask your support of HB 124, in repealing New Hampshire’s so-called “buffer zone” law. This “buffer-zone” law is squarely unconstitutional. It cannot be enforced without violating …

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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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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 industry or so-called “sex work.” The amendment adopted by …

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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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Preventing Coerced Abortions (HB 1721, 2018)

Cornerstone supports HB 1721, a bill to prevent coerced abortions. A woman exercising her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy should have an enforceable right to do so without coercion and with full briefing about alternatives to abortion. A woman who has an abortion because she feels she has no other choice is a woman under coercion. More than 20 years ago, Feminist …

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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 the bill, when she expressed support for what she …

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Viable Fetus Protection Act (HB 1680, 2018)

Cornerstone supports HB 1680, the Viable Fetus Protection Act. The bill is a good-faith attempt to reconcile the interests and concerns of women, their preborn children, and the health care professionals with whom a woman may choose to consult. It is consistent with Roe v. Wade, which granted states a right to assert an interest in the treatment of viable human fetuses while also asserting an interest …

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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 those schools. If we cherish religious liberty, we should …

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Don’t Cut Parents Out of Medical Decisions for Teens (HB 1503, 2018)

Cornerstone Action strongly opposes HB 1503, authorizing minors 16 years of age or older to independently consent to medical procedures. Such an attack on parental involvement is poor public policy. Nothing in the bill would improve the health of 16- and 17-year-olds. Furthermore, passage of HB 1503 would be inconsistent with existing law regarding procedures to which minors may consent. Consider the consequences of the …

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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 people. Unfortunately, I believe that HB 1528 goes far …

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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 including gender reassignment as a covered service under Medicaid. Taxpayers …

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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 to participants in the Healthy Families program, informing them that …

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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 the basic holding of Roe v. Wade while also upholding …

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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 the Healthy Families program, informing them that as of July …

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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. I initially wanted to speak on the vote to …

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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 across New Hampshire have been discovering that the Common …

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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 our state so I will first point out that …

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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 primary focus of this committee, how can the state …

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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 and subsists on greed: For this reason, the activity …

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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 few states that lacks such a law (38 states …

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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 discussing their sexuality. These are labels that can make …

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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 bill no doubt comes from that desire to respect …

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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 caring for another teenage boy who lives with us …

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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 allow prosecution of a person, such as an impaired …

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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 SB 43. SB 43 is a result from the …

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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, which this committee sent to the House on a …

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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 New Hampshire’s so-called buffer zone law. HB 589 gives …

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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) since that is what is driving the implementation of …

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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. Neither is there a provision for opting out of …

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