Weekend reading: Pick of the Web, 1/17/14

Coming next week: introducing the Leaven newsletter

Pick of the Web is moving from the blog to the new Leaven for the Loaf newsletter, premiering next Friday. All new blog subscribers will receive it automatically. You can also subscribe to the newsletter via this link. No time to read daily posts? The newsletter will put links to all the week’s posts together for you in one email, along with Pick of the Web and photos from events of pro-life interest – with a strong New Hampshire flavor, as always.

Lots to share this week:

hundreds strong at the 2013 March for Life in Concord
hundreds strong at the 2013 March for Life in Concord

Your absolutely positively last reminder of NH’s march for life

Saturday, January 18 (mere hours away as I write this), the State House in Concord is the place to be at 11:45 as all people of good will are invited to New Hampshire’s march for life. The march goes from the State House south on Main Street, passing near the Feminist Health Center, ending at St. John the Evangelist Church’s parish hall. A program begins at 1 p.m. at the hall, featuring Jeanneane Maxon of Americans United for Life. More info at www.nhrtl.org.

If you come to the march, I hope I’ll meet you. I’ll be at the Cornerstone table at the program after the march. (My work on this blog is a separate effort from my work for Cornerstone, and that organization is in no way responsible for anything I write or cite on Leaven.)

D.C. Marchers, please share your photos

I’ll miss the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday. I’ll be happy to post photos from New Hampshire folks who attend. If you want your work featured in a Leaven post, email me your best photos or a link to them: ellen@leavenfortheloaf.com.

Memo from Rolling Stone: Look out, world, here come the pro-lifers

In “The Stealth War On Abortion” [link broken as of June 2016], Rolling Stone magazine gives a backhanded compliment to Americans United for Life as one of the groups “eviscerating abortion rights” nationwide. Well, sure, if you consider informed consent to be an evisceration, and if you forget that laws are passed by legislatures. AUL’s work is invaluable in terms of constitutionally-sound language for pro-life measures.

Speaking of AUL …

Americans United for Life has issued its 2014 “Life List,” ranking the states in terms of how well women and children are protected from the abortion industry. Check the link here.

From the Can’t Make This Up Dept.: The Art of Suing To Silence

h/t SBA List: In the New York Post, William McGurk’s “Who Decides if a Political Ad is a Lie?” reports that the Supreme Court has just accepted a case involving an ex-Congressman and a pro-life PAC. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony List argued that a vote for Obamacare was a vote for abortion. They ran ads against one Steve Driehaus for supporting the president’s health care law, saying that Driehaus “voted for taxpayer funded abortion.” Driehaus, an incumbent Congressman, lost the election. He then sued SBA List for “depriving him of his livelihood.”

Farewell to a pro-life leader

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is retiring from the Senate at the end of this year, two years before the end of his term. Best known as a government-waste watchdog, he is also a physician who has spoken up countless times on the Senate floor in defense of the right to life. Count him as one of the good guys. Fox News reports on his retirement.

New Hampshire statistics bill gets a hearing

I’ll have a post dedicated to this up on the blog this weekend, but the short story is that HB 1502 had its first hearing before the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee yesterday. Questions for the sponsor from committee members quickly revealed that the prospect of gathering objective data scares the living daylights out of some people. I was there for the festivities and will let you know what I heard. For a preview, check this Facebook post I made yesterday.

NH Death Penalty repeal gets a hearing

Also yesterday came the initial hearing on HB 1170, a bill to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty. I know this is a painful matter that divides many people of good will. The most compelling story I have ever read about a New Hampshire resident who changed his mind about the death penalty comes from John Breckinridge, former police partner of murdered Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

I note that Rep. Kathleen Souza (R-Manchester) testified yesterday in favor of repeal. Her pro-life credentials are impeccable. We’ve labored in the same vineyard for years. Even after earning the confidence of ward 4 voters for several elections now, she is always ill-at-ease when she testifies. She spoke up yesterday, though, and I give her enormous credit for that. She had to stand up in opposition to some people who are her allies in other battles.

40 Days for Life is back; Greenland NH coordinator needed. Apply  by 1/29.

40DFL in Greenland NH. Jackie McCoy photo.
40DFL in Greenland NH. Jackie McCoy photo.

I got an email this week from Jackie McCoy, who has done wonderful work leading the 40 Days for Life campaigns outside the Feminist Health Center in Greenland. She’s stepping down. Might this be a job for you? Read what she says, and email me (ellen@leavenfortheloaf.com) if you’d like to help. I’ll put you in touch with Jackie. Here’s her message.

“Happy New Year pro life friends!
Applications to lead a Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign are now open. However this year, after some discernment, I have decided to step down from my role as coordinator/campaign director. This means I will not be sending in the application to hold a Greenland campaign.
If any of you, or someone you know, is interested in taking on the role of campaign director, I am very willing to explain what is involved and to discuss what resources we have available to pay the $197 application fee and other costs associated with running a campaign. The application period is open until midnight, January 29. The actual campaign runs from March 5 – April 13.
Given the latest NH senate bill (bill 319-FN) that is trying to establish a statewide 25 foot buffer zone outside all NH reproductive health care facilities, we may soon lose the right to pray on the sidewalk outside the Greenland abortion facility. Lets pray that doesn’t happen and contact our local representatives to express how we feel about that!
In the meantime, if there is no official Greenland, Spring 40 Days for Life campaign, I would hope that you will still take an hour a week to pray outside the abortion center during the 40 days. I have signs that you can borrow (abortion hurts women/men, etc).”

 

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