In the wake of the recent vote by the Executive Council to grant state money to two abortion providers, New Hampshire Right to Life has lauched a petition drive. From NHRTL:
“If you feel strongly that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers should NOT be receiving our tax dollars, we ask you to sign this petition and share with others to do so as well. NHRTL will then turn this petition over to Governor Sununu to demonstrate NH citizens do not approve of this public policy.”
The team at New Hampshire Right to Life – including NHRTL president and opera veteran Jane Cormier – welcome carolers to join them on December 10 in singing Christmas carols on the public right of way outside Planned Parenthood’s office at 24 Pennacook Street, Manchester NH.
The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Greenland, the 40 Days for Life team will hold their midpoint rally for this campaign on Sunday, October 16, at 2 p.m. Gather at the Greenland town offices parking lot, which is next to the Lovering Center. You can sign up for 40DFL vigil hours with the Greenland campaign via the 40 Days for Life web site. (The Manchester vigil calendar has its own page.)
I’ll miss the #ProtestPP event since I’ll be participating in the Foley 5k in Rochester, in honor of the late photojournalist James Foley, who grew up in Rochester, NH.
New Hampshire Right to Life surprised and delighted me mightily at the annual RTL dinner last evening with the Guy Granger Award. Someone later asked me what the award was for. “Longevity,” I replied.
In all seriousness, though, what honors me most is even a passing association with the memory of the man whose name is on the award. I knew Guy Granger briefly before his untimely death more than two decades ago. He was a neighbor to me and a state representative for our town.
He was also on the board of New Hampshire Right to Life, which is how I first met him. He was dedicated to defending life long before the Supreme Court forced the issue.
Guy was a Vietnam vet. Some years after his death, I attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the town cemetery. Afterward I walked over to Guy’s grave to say a prayer. One of the vets from the ceremony saw me there, and his face brightened as he approached me. “You knew Guy?” he asked, very pleased when I said yes. “Way too young,” he remarked, noting the date of Guy’s death. Then he reminisced fondly for a few minutes about this neighbor and fellow vet.
Whether I saw Guy at the State House or at a meeting, he was in jacket and tie. If I ever saw him in informal attire, the memory escapes me. He brought a businesslike yet pleasant attitude to what he did. He really liked people and didn’t take himself too seriously.
And there’s this: when it came to policy, he knew his stuff. He did the town proud up in Concord.
So, I’m feeling very grateful today to the team at New Hampshire Right to Life. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks for keeping fresh the memory of a good man.
I was far from being the most distinguished honoree at the NHRTL dinner.
What a pleasure it was to see Braunda Butt get some of the recognition she deserves as she retires from decades of service as executive director of Manchester’s Care Net. She built a strong, thriving team that has helped more people than I can count.
Other award winners, each bringing a particular gift to pro-life work, included veteran activists Anne Hieronymous, Francis Hynes, and Beth Scaer; students Maria Turner and Stephanie Goelzhauser; and Pastor Don Colageo.
They got well-deserved applause from the more than four hundred people at the dinner.