Sanctity of Life Conference in Concord, March 23

Update, March 18: Cost of the conference has been reduced to $25 thanks to generous donations of service by conference volunteers.

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I’m pleased to share this flyer (see image with this post) about a conference coming up in Concord, NH later this month. The Sanctity of Life conference will be held at Christ the King Parish activity center on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes lunch.

The conference is being organized by Beth Gaby, whom you may know as leader of Concord’s 40 Days for Life campaign. The location may be familiar as well; it’s where the post-March for Life rally takes place every January.

For more information, or if you wish to attend but the cost is a barrier, you can reach organizers at

Eventbrite page for the event: 

NHRTL releases details for New Hampshire’s March for Life

New Hampshire Right to Life has announced the details for New Hampshire’s march for life to be held Saturday, January 14 in Concord.

As usual, there multiple activities stretching over six hours. Can’t make them all? My humble opinion: try for the march itself, beginning at the State House around 11:45 a.m. and going south on Main Street past the Feminist Health Center to St. John the Evangelist Church. There are several activities to choose from, though, and your participation in pro-life witness is welcome at any or all of them.

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9:00 a.m.: memorial service at the Concord landfill on Old Turnpike Road, in memory of the aborted children found there in 1988.

10:00 a.m.: Mass at St. John the Evangelist, 72 S. Main Street.

11:15 a.m.: rally on State House plaza, 107 N. Main Street.

11:45 a.m. and lasting approximately one hour: march down Main Street. Distance is less than a mile. Marchers must stay on the sidewalk unless otherwise directed by police, so it usually takes awhile for everyone to get through the route. Some years, terms of the permit from the city of Concord require a detour around the Feminist Health Center, which adds a few minutes.

1:00 p.m.: refreshments (no charge, but freewill offerings welcomed), information tables, and speakers at St. John the Evangelist parish hall. Expect a crowd. Featured speaker: Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.

Contact for more information.

Friday grab-bag: “buffer” zone in Concord, controversy in TX, NH’s 2014 candidates are lining up

 I hope you had a good Independence Day celebration, and that you’re lucky enough to get a good long weekend to go along with it.

The latest on a “buffer” zone in Concord: The petition to block First Amendment rights within 35 feet of the Feminist Health Center is on hold, as the Concord City Council has referred it to the city police and legal departments. Same goes for the counter-petition filed by pro-lifers, led by Ava Voissem. The matter will not be taken up at next Monday’s Council meeting. See the meeting agenda here, page 6, information item #8. The next Council meeting will be on August 12, and keep an eye on this blog and the Leaven for the Loaf Facebook page and Twitter feeds for updates.

What the heck’s with Texas? Leaven has offered a few posts (originals here and here, plus a re-post from a fellow blogger) about the attempts in Texas to pass a bill to stop post-20-week abortions and to impose ambulatory-surgical-care standards on abortion facilities. The legislature is now back in session to consider the bill yet again, after a filibuster and a mob scene prevented a timely vote a couple of weeks ago. An actual vote is not expected before Monday, but there has been plenty of extracurricular activity. Pro-lifers and abortion advocates alike have come to Austin to make sure legislators hear their respective messages. I pay attention to this because I think what’s happening in Texas will provide a template for abortion advocates’ future attempts to stop post-20-week bills elsewhere, including Concord. No, I have no inside information about potential disruption at the State House. I firmly believe that if the bill in Texas fails, though, abortion advocates will take whatever “worked” there to other states.

I’d hate to see messaging like this take hold:

  • Ethan Gehrke (@EthanGehrke) took this photograph, tweeted it, and watched it go viral.
    Pulling out all the stops in Texas. Twitter photo by @EthanGehrke.
    Pulling out all the stops in Texas. Twitter photo by @EthanGehrke.

    Children at demonstrations are nothing new, at least not to me – but seriously? Have one’s child carry a sign saying “If I wanted the government in my womb I’d f*** a senator”? This is a post-Gosnell bill. Apparently, the mom in question has issues with that. One reporter, Elspeth Reeve of the Atlantic, speculated that the photo was doctored by pro-lifers. It wasn’t. (You might enjoy this post by the redoubtable Kevin Williamson, who knows a thing or two about journalism, calling Ms. Reeve to task.)

  • For truly over-the-top political theater, nothing this week beat the “Hail, Satan!” chants in Austin made by some of the opponents of the Texas bill. No fooling.  No word on whether any legislators found this persuasive.

November 2014 is only 16 months away, but nets are already being cast all over New Hampshire by potential candidates for office who are looking for money and endorsements. These are Republicans, for the most part, since the Dems seem happy with their incumbent governor & Congresswomen & senior Senator. Just as a teaser, three potential candidates have voting records or public statements on the life issues.

  • Jim Rubens of Etna is testing the waters – “exploring” is his term – to take on Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate.  In this WMUR interview, he said he’d like to see a “temporary truce” on social issues. His chief claim to fame is guiding the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling (full disclosure: I’m a member), which is one reason New Hampshire remains casino-free.
  • Former state senator Gary Lambert is the subject of a Facebook campaign to draft him for the Second Congressional District race vs. incumbent Annie Kuster. He voted “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 1659, an informed consent bill, last year. He’s a very astute man to have earned a senate seat in Nashua usually occupied by a Democrat. He chose not to run for re-election last year.
  • State rep and former Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien is definitely in the Second Congressional District race. He has a sterling pro-life voting record. His take-no-prisoners style is the stuff of legend and will no doubt make for a lively primary.

Each of these men has a far more to his record than I can convey in a sentence or two, but as I said, this is a teaser. I’m not a truce-on-social-issues type, but I’m happy to hear from any candidate. Let the people know what they can expect when something like a Gosnell-prevention bill comes up.

UPDATE: no “buffer zone” hearing July 8

I received this information today from an attorney who has been following the matter: the petition to keep protesters & prayer witnesses at least 35 feet away from the Feminist Health Center in Concord was NOT put on the agenda for the July 8 Concord city council meeting.

I’ll post further information as I get it.