NH Ed Choice fundraiser, OH progress, court confusion, and ragamuffins: Pick of the web, 8/9/13

A few tidbits from other web sites this week:

The Network for Educational Opportunity is the New Hampshire group administering scholarship funds for families of students choosing alternatives to conventional public education. NEO is having a fundraiser on August 22 in Bedford, NH. Click here for more information. I’ve written about NEO before (here among other posts) and about the unsuccessful attempt to repeal a tax credit for businesses making donations to the scholarship fund.

From LifeSiteNews comes a report about an Ohio abortion facility that may have to close because it has no “transfer agreement” with an area hospital. Over 40 abortion facilities nationwide have been shuttered this year. Here in New Hampshire, there is no law requiring that abortion facilities have agreements to transfer to an area hospital any patient in distress. Proposals to require such a safeguard for women’s health are met at NH legislative hearings with assurances from abortion providers that they have all the necessary professional connections. The same abortion providers treat such bills as “restrictions” on women’s rights.

Liberty Council reports on a bizarre pair of rulings in the same case on the HHS Mandate this week from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Liberty University is challenging Obamacare’s mandate that employers pay to provide “services” to which they have religious objections. The Fourth Circuit granted a stay to Liberty on August 7, then in the evening of the same day reversed itself. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say.

I supported Pat Robertson when he was on the NH Primary ballot in 1988. I have long since had cause to regret that. Mea maxima culpa. The Patheos blog reports on his recent outrageous statement that Appalachian Americans have “all these little ragamuffins” because the parents “don’t know about birth control.” Ragamuffin: “a ragged often disreputable person; especially : a poorly clothed often dirty child.” Score this one Idiocy 1, Sanctity of Life 0.

Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, pro-life activist, hiker.