The HHS mandate within Obamacare is being argued today at the Supreme Court. Never mind the noisy and false claims that bosses are trying to make medical decisions for women. (Note for example the #notmybossbusiness hash tag introduced by mandate absolutists on Twitter.) Religious liberty is what the Hobby Lobby case is about. Americans United for Life sums it up in this two-minute video.
New Hampshire Right to Life has just released the schedule for next months’s March for Life in Concord. The date is Saturday, January 18, a few days ahead of the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
9 a.m. at the Concord Landfill on Airport Drive: memorial service for the preborn children whose remains were found discarded in municipal trash years ago. At that time, prolife activists sought and were refused permission to relocate the remains. Every year since, prolife New Hampshire’s observance of Roe has begun with a brief public service at the landfill’s gate.
10 a.m.: Catholic Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, 72 South Main Street, about a mile south of the State House
11:15 a.m.: rally on the State House plaza. Address is 107 N. Main, but you can just look for the golden dome. Bring a sign if you’d like, or pick one up at the rally.
11:45 a.m.: march from the State House, proceeding south on Main Street past the Feminist Health Center (an abortion facility), ending at St. John the Evangelist Church
1 p.m.: program at St. John’s parish center. Hot drinks and food will be available. It’s all free, but bring a donation if you can.
The principal speaker at the program will be Jeanneane Maxon, an attorney with Americans United for Life. I last spoke with her when she came to New Hampshire to testify in favor of the House resolution supporting pregnancy care centers in 2012. Along with the testimony by directors of PCCs in New Hampshire, Jeanneane’s calm and clear presentation to the legislative committee helped to assure that PCCs got the support from the House they deserved. Jeanneane is also on the board of Abby Johnson’s And Then There Were None, the ministry to workers who choose to leave the abortion industry.
Bundle up against the January cold and come to Concord! If the march itself is a problem for you because the weather is bitter or you have limited mobility or you’re traveling with fussy little ones, you can go straight to St. John’s at midday and meet up with the marchers as they arrive.
Photos of 2013’s event here.
First, a local link and call to action: You can SIGN this petition as a counter-measure to the Concord “buffer zone” petition. Please do so TODAY. It is for Concord residents “and other concerned citizens.” (Previous Leaven posts about the attempt to stifle First Amendment rights to peaceful protest within 35 feet of the Feminist Health Center may be found here and here.) This counter-petition is a project of a young woman who is trying to get enough signatures by tomorrow, June 30, in order for it to be heard at the July 8 Concord City Council meeting along with abortion advocates’ “buffer zone” petition. More information: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/citizens-against-concord-buffer-zone/blog [update, July 2: The Concord City Council has NOT put these petitions on the July 8 agenda. Stay tuned to Leaven for further developments.]
Meanwhile, this has been an eventful week. Catch up using these links for news coverage and commentary. Amazing how some of this news makes the ongoing Fortnight for Freedom even more relevant!
Here’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decisions from pro-family activists, courtesy of National Review Online. Note the thoughtful contribution from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life.
A filibuster by a Texas state senator, coupled with a mob in the Senate gallery that interfered with a vote, prevented the Texas state senate from adopting a ban on abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy or later. Governor Rick Perry, not a fan of mob rule, has called the legislature back to get its work done. Learn more from Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner and from the hardworking activists at the Texas Alliance for Life.
Americans United for Life just announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken notice of an Oklahoma law regarding regulation of chemical abortions. U.S. Supreme Court Begins Historic Review of Chemical Abortion, Sparked by AUL Model Legislation
In case you missed this link on Leaven’s Facebook page, here’s an encouraging story from Life Site News about reaching abortion-minded women at their most vulnerable moment – just before they walk into an abortion facility.
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Happy Monday! Here are some things to keep in mind as you fill in your calendar for the week and charge up your laptop or smartphone. This will become a weekly feature on Leaven. I welcome your suggestions for events to add in the weeks to come.
Three people to follow on Twitter:
- @ovideAUL. New Hampshire’s Ovide Lamontagne will take on his new job next month as General Counsel for Americans United for Life, and this will be the way to follow his projects.
- @alvedaking. Dr. Alveda King is live-tweeting from the Gosnell trial this week.
- @jimgeraghty. Jim Geraghty is a writer for National Review, and while is beat is national politics, he always hits the mark when he addresses the life issues. I look forward to his Morning Jolt email every weekday.
Two events for your consideration:
- At 2:50 today, join people from Boston and beyond in a moment of silence and prayer to observe the one-week mark following the atrocity committed at April 15’s Boston Marathon. Please, not “tragedy.” This is what an atrocity looks like, folks.
- Thursday at Planned Parenthood in Manchester (Pennacook Street, a block east of Elm), there will be a prayer vigil from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a weekly event, in view of the fact that Thursday is surgical abortion day at the facility. You are welcome to join this absolutely peaceful prayer witness for any length of time. See the Pray for Life Center Facebook page for ongoing information about this recurring event.
One site to bookmark: www.nh.gov. This one is basic. If you aren’t already familiar with this portal to state government, spend some time checking it out. The legislative link alone makes it a treasure, but there’s much more. Look up bills, check the date of hearings, see what our governor is up to. This is a tool for anyone keeping an eye on New Hampshire political developments in any area, not just pro-life issues.
One volunteer opportunity: This is a shameless plug for a project near and dear to me. Give blood. You can find blood drives in our area through the Red Cross blood services web site. Last Monday’s Boston bombings brought the ongoing need for blood donations into sharp relief. Most of the people relying on these donations will never make the news, but trust me, they’re our neighbors. I’m a coward with needles, but seeing people I love benefit from blood donations helped me get over that. This is pro-life work below the radar, and it’s essential work.
More next week. Keep me posted if there’s an event in your area that’s helping to build a culture of life.
The NH Senate HHS committee held its hearing on HCR 31 today and approved it 4-1. This resolution commending the work of pregnancy care centers (PCCs) called forth the usual naysayers, but they were far outshone this afternoon by three outstanding advocates.
In case “pregnancy care center” is ambiguous – poor Sen. Kelly couldn’t quite come to terms with it – let me explain: it is a place where pregnant women in crisis can come for anything except abortion. Anyone can come through the door for information, counseling, and practical assistance, whether pregnant or not, whether male or female. CareNet is the most famous example of a pregnancy care center, with several CareNets operating in NH. Most services are free, and in NH, CareNet relies on private donations and an extensive volunteer network. Medical professionals assist with ultrasounds, and referrals to obstetric care are available.
Kathleen Molway of Concord CareNet and Katherine Anderson, RN, of the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Monadnock Region told the senators about the work they do and the women they serve. Jeanneane Maxon, AUL’s VP of External Affairs and a former general counsel to CareNet, offered information about PCC policies and support nationwide. By the time these three women were finished giving their calm and straightforward testimony, opponents of the resolution sounded pathetic. Terms like “anti-choice” and “deceptive” rang pretty hollow once Kathleen, Katherine, & Jeanneane had spoken.
HCR 31 had ten co-sponsors, led by Rep. Kathy Lauer-Rago (R-Franklin). Full Senate action will come sometime later this month. In the meantime, I recommend writing a check to your local PCC, Birthright, or even Americans United for Life. You’ll be doing some good and you’ll be annoying all the right people.