Illinois pro-life Democrat after primary loss: “no higher calling” than standing with the vulnerable

Member of Congress Dan Lipinski, representing Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District, was defeated in his party’s primary on March 18. What makes this notable is that Lipinski is a pro-life Democrat who co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and has served his district since 2005. The abortion advocate who beat him did so by only a narrow margin, but that was all she needed. Lipinski will serve out his term and then hand over the reins in January.

What Lipinski said after his loss ought to be remembered. There’s much to reflect upon, and it’s not just for Democrats.

There was one issue that loomed especially large in this campaign, the fact that I am pro-life. I was pilloried in millions of dollars of TV ads and mailers. I was shunned by many of my colleagues and other Democratic Party members and operators because of my pro-life stance. The pressure in the Democratic Party on the life issue has never been as great as it is now. Over the years I’ve watched many other politicians succumb to pressure and change their position on this issue. I have always said that I would never give up being pro-life and standing up for babies in the womb. Judy and I, and tens of millions of Catholics hold and live this belief. But it is not just based on religious belief, it is based on science which shows us that life begins at conception. Knowing this, I could never give up protecting the most vulnerable human beings in the world, simply to win an election. My faith teaches, and the Democratic Party preaches, that we should serve everyone, especially the most vulnerable. To stand in solidarity with the vulnerable is to become vulnerable. But there is no higher calling for anyone.

Rep. Lipinski at March 18 news conference, quoted in National Review Online.

More life-issue votes from March 12 session

In addition to rejecting a born-alive bill, the New Hampshire House on March 12 also rejected HB 1678-FN, the prenatal nondiscrimination act. The bill would have imposed sanctions on an abortion provider performing an abortion solely for reasons of sex selection or fetal genetic anomaly such as Down syndrome. The roll call on HB 1678-FN was 193-101 on an “inexpedient to legislate” motion. Because the motion was ITL, a “yea” vote on the roll call was a vote to kill the bill.

The House voted to send the assisted suicide bill, HB 1659-FN, to interim study. The move effectively kills the bill for this year. A subcommittee of House Judiciary is likely to meet one or more times before the end of 2020 to develop an interim study report, advising future legislatures whether to consider such a law. Opponents of assisted suicide legislation will need to show up at those yet-to-be-scheduled subcommittee sessions.

Also on March 12, the New Hampshire Senate voted “ought to pass” along party lines (Democrats in the majority) on SB 486-FN, an abortion-insurance mandate bill. The bill now goes to the House.

Related: the March 12 votes were previewed here.

House votes down born-alive protection bill

The New Hampshire House has defeated HB 1675-FN, a bill to provide enforceable protection for children born alive following attempted abortion. The vote was 177-131 on an “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) motion.

The official record of the vote is at this site.

A YEA vote on that official record (remember, the motion was “inexpedient to legislate”) is a vote to kill the born-alive bill. Below is the full roll call, divided by county and town.

The vote was mostly along party lines, with most Democrats opposing the bill. The exceptions – the three Democrats who did not support “inexpedient to legislate” – were Reps. Nancy Murphy (D-Merrimack), Alan Turcotte (D-Allenstown), and Mark Vallone (D-Epping).

Three Republicans joined the majority in rejecting the bill by supporting the ITL motion: Dennis Acton and Josh Yokela of Fremont, and Dan Wolf of Newbury.

Prime sponsor Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien (R-Derry) welcomed to the visitors’ gallery Paula Page, an abortion survivor and New Hampshire resident, who was present for the vote. Speaking in favor of HB 1675, and against the ITL motion, were Reps. Prudhomme-O’Brien, Daryl Abbas (R-Salem), Dee Jurius (R-Meredith), Abigail Rooney (R-Milton), and Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack).

Speaking in favor of the ITL motion, and against the bill, was Rep. Marjorie Smith (D-Durham), restating the arguments she made in committee.

The Roll Call

The New Hampshire General Court website provides a page where you can look up your representatives and their contact information. Saying thank you to the reps who opposed the ITL motion is certainly in order. 

Note that you may be represented in two districts due to “floterial” districts, which combine several areas in order to achieve proportional representation. For example, a resident of Freedom in Carroll County would be represented by state representatives in county district 3 AND district 7.

Voting in favor of the “inexpedient to legislate” motion, therefore killing HB 1675 (177 votes)

All are Democrats except where noted by (r). Towns listed in parentheses.


  • District 3 (Laconia, all wards): David Huot


  • District 1 (Bartlett, Hart’s Location, Jackson): Anita Burroughs
  • District 2 (Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Hale’s Location): Harrison Kanzler, Stephen Woodcock
  • District 3 (Albany, Freedom, Madison, Tamworth): Jerry Knirk, Susan Ticehurst 
  • District 6 (Wolfeboro): Edith DesMarais
  • District 7 floterial (Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Hale’s Location, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Madison, Tamworth): Edward Butler


  • District 1 (Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Walpole, Westmoreland): Michael Abbott, Paul Berch, Cathryn Harvey, Lucy Weber
  • District 5 (Keene ward 2): John Bordenet
  • District 6 (Keene ward 3): David Meader
  • District 7 (Keene ward 4): Sparky Von Plinsky
  • District 8 (Keene ward 5): Donovan Fenton
  • District 9 (Dublin, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Roxbury): Richard Ames, Douglas Ley
  • District 10 (Marlborough, Troy): Sandy Swinburne
  • District 12 (Richmond, Swanzey): Barry Faulkner, Jennie Gomarlo
  • District 13 (Winchester): Henry Parkhurst
  • District 16 floterial (Keene, all wards): William Pearson


  • District 2 (Dummer, Milan, Northumberland, Stark): Wayne Moynihan
  • District 3 (Berlin): Larry Laflamme, Henry Noel, Yvonne Thomas
  • District 5 (Carroll, Jefferson, Randolph, Whitefield): Edith Tucker


  • District 2 (Franconia, Lisbon, Lyman, Monroe, Sugar Hill): Timothy Egan
  • District 3 (Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Orford, Piermont, Warren): Susan Ford
  • District 5 (Lincoln, Livermore, Waterville Valley, Woodstock): Jerry Stringham
  • District 6 (Ellsworth, Groton, Orange, Rumney, Thornton): Kevin Maes
  • District 7 (Campton): Richard Osborne
  • District 8 (Hebron, Holderness, Plymouth): Sallie Fellows, Suzanne Smith, Joyce Weston
  • District 10 (Enfield): Roger Dontonville
  • District 11 (Canaan, Dorchester, Wentworth): Timothy Josephson
  • District 12 (Hanover, Lyme): Polly Campion, Mary Jane Mulligan, Sharon Nordgren
  • District 13 (Lebanon, all wards): Richard Abel, Susan Almy, Laurel Stavis, George Sykes
  • District 15 floterial (Bath, Benton, Easton, Haverhill, Landaff, Orford, Piermont, Warren): Dennis Ruprecht
  • District 17 floterial (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield, Grafton): Joshua Adjutant


  • District 1 (Antrim, Hillsborough, Windsor): Marjorie Porter
  • District 3 (Bennington, Greenfield, Hancock): Daniel Pickering
  • District 4 (Francestown, Greenville, Lyndeboro, Wilton): Jennifer Bernet, Kermit Williams
  • District 5 (Mont Vernon, New Boston): David Woodbury
  • District 6 (Goffstown): Cole Riel
  • District 7 (Bedford): Sue Mullen
  • District 8 (Manchester ward 1): Jeffrey Goley, Diane Langley
  • District 9 (Manchester ward 2):Israel Piedra
  • District 10 (Manchester ward 3): Patrick Long
  • District 11 (Manchester ward 4): Donald Bouchard, Nicole Klein-Knight
  • District 12 (Manchester ward 5): Amanda Bouldin, Andrew Bouldin
  • District 13 (Manchester ward 6): Kathy Desjardin
  • District 14 (Manchester ward 7): Mary Freitas, Mary Heath
  • District 15 (Manchester ward 8): Erika Connors
  • District 16 (Manchester ward 9): Barbara Shaw
  • District 17 (Manchester ward 10): Heidi Hamer, Timothy Smith
  • District 18 (Manchester ward 11): Patricia Cornell, Willis Griffith
  • District 19 (Manchester ward 12): Robert Backus
  • District 21 (Merrimack): Kathryn Stack
  • District 22 (Amherst): Megan Murray
  • District 23 (Milford): Paul Dargie, Joelle Martin, Peter Petrigno
  • District 26 (Brookline, Mason): Brett Hall
  • District 27 (Hollis): Michelle St. John
  • District 28 (Nashua ward 1): William Bordy, Bruce Cohen, Janice Schmidt
  • District 29 (Nashua ward 2): Paul Bergeron, Ray Newman, Sue Newman
  • District 30 (Nashua ward 3): Patricia Klee, Suzanne Vail
  • District 31 (Nashua ward 4): Fred Davis, Manny Espitia
  • District 32 (Nashua ward 5): Allison Nutting-Wong, Michael Pederson
  • District 33 (Nashua ward 6): Mark King, Frances Nutter-Upham
  • District 34 (Nashua ward 7): Catherine Sofikitis, Deb Stevens
  • District 35 (Nashua ward 8): Skip Cleaver, Latha Mangipudi, Laura Telerski
  • District 36 (Nashua ward 9): Martin Jack, Michael O’Brien
  • District 38 floterial (Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Lyndeborough, Wilton, Windsor): Chris Balch, James Bosman
  • District 42 floterial (Manchester wards 1-3): Matthew Wilhelm
  • District 43 floterial (Manchester wards 4-7): Christopher Herbert
  • District 45 floterial (Manchester wards 10-12): Constance Van Houten


  • District 1 (Andover, Danbury, Salisbury): Kenneth Wells
  • District 4 (Sutton, Wilmot): Thomas Schamberg
  • District 5 (New London, Newbury): Karen Ebel, Dan Wolf (r)
  • District 6 (Bradford, Henniker): Roderick Pimentel
  • District 7 (Warner, Webster): Clyde Carson
  • District 9 (Canterbury, Loudon): Howard Moffett, George Saunderson
  • District 10 (Concord ward 5, Hopkinton): David Luneau, Mel Myler, Mary Jane Wallner
  • District 12 (Concord ward 2): Connie Lane
  • District 13 (Concord ward 3): Beth Richards
  • District 14 (Concord ward 4): James MacKay
  • District 15 (Concord ward 6): Ryan Buchanan
  • District 16 (Concord ward 7): Timothy Soucy
  • District 18 (Concord ward 9): Kristina Schultz
  • District 19 (Concord ward 10): Christy Bartlett
  • District 20 (Chichester, Pembroke): David Doherty, Dianne Schuett
  • District 23 (Bow, Dunbarton): Samantha Fox, Mary Beth Walz, Gary Woods
  • District 25 floterial (Andover, Danbury, Salisbury, Warner, Webster): David Karrick
  • District 27 floterial (Concord wards 1-3, 4-7): Arthur Ellison, Rebecca McWilliams
  • District 28 floterial (Concord wards 8-10): Katherine Rogers


  • District 10 (Fremont): Dennis Acton (r)
  • District 11 (Brentwood): Liz McConnell
  • District 17 (Newfields, Newmarket): Michael Cahill, Charlotte DiLorenzo
  • District 18 (Exeter): Skip Berrien, Gaby Grossman 
  • District 19 (Stratham): Debra Altschiller
  • District 21 (Hampton): Patricia Bushway, Renny Cushing, Michael Edgar, Tom Loughman
  • District 22 (North Hampton): Jim Maggiore
  • District 23 (Greenland, Newington): Dennis Malloy
  • District 24 (New Castle, Rye): Jaci Grote, Kate Murray
  • District 27 (Portsmouth ward 3): Peter Somssich
  • District 28 (Portsmouth ward 4): Gerald Ward
  • District 29 (Portsmouth ward 5): David Meuse
  • District 31 floterial (Greenland, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth ward 3): Tamara Le
  • District 33 floterial (Brentwood, Danville, Fremont): Josh Yokela (r)
  • District 36 floterial (Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, Stratham): Patricia Lovejoy


  • District 4 (Barrington): Cassandra Levesque, Matthew Towne
  • District 5 (Lee): Jeffrey Salloway
  • District 6 (Durham, Madbury): Timothy Horrigan, Cam Kenney, Marjorie Smith, Janet Wall 
  • District 7 (Rochester ward 1): Timothy Fontneau
  • District 8 (Rochester ward 6): Donna Ellis
  • District 11 (Rochester ward 4): Chuck Grassie
  • District 14 (Dover ward 2): Kristina Fargo
  • District 15 (Dover ward 3): Linn Opderbecke
  • District 17 (Dover wards 5-6, Somersworth ward 2): Peter Bixby
  • District 18 (Rollinsford, Somersworth wards 1, 3, 4, 5): Gerri Cannon, Wendy Chase, Cecilia Rich
  • District 19 floterial (Dover wards 1-2): Peter Schmidt
  • District 20 floterial (Dover wards 3-4): Thomas Southworth
  • District 23 floterial (Rochester wards 2-3): Sandra Keans


  • District 1 (Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield): Brian Sullivan
  • District 3 (Claremont ward 1): Andrew O’Hearne 
  • District 4 (Claremont ward 2): Gary Merchant 
  • District 9 floterial (Cornish, Croydon, Grantham, Newport, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity): Linda Tanner
  • District 10 floterial (Claremont wards 1-3): John Cloutier

Voting against the “inexpedient to legislate” motion, HB 1675 (131 votes)

All are Republican except where noted by (d). Towns are in parentheses.


  • District 2 (Gilford, Meredith): Harry Bean, Deanna Jurius, Jonathan Mackie
  • District 3 (Laconia wards 1-6): Richard Beaudoin, Peter Spanos, Franklin Tilton
  • District 4 (Sanbornton, Tilton): Dennis Fields, Timothy Lang
  • District 6 (Belmont): Michael Sylvia
  • District 8 floterial (Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton): Raymond Howard


  • District 5 (Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield): Lino Avellani, Ed Comeau
  • District 6 (Wolfeboro): John MacDonald
  • District 8 floterial (Brookfield, Effingham, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tuftonboro, Wakefield): William Marsh


  • District 11 (Fitzwilliam, Rindge): John O’Day


  • District 1 (Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dixville, Errol, Millsfield, Pittsburg, Stewartstown, Stratford, + 7 other incorporated areas): Michael Furbush
  • District 4 (Dalton, Kilkenny, Lancaster): Kevin Craig
  • District 7 floterial (Carroll, Dalton, Dummer, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland including Groveton, Randolph, Stark, Whitefield): Troy Merner


  • District 1 (Bethlehem, Littleton): Erin Hennessey
  • District 4 (Haverhill): Rick Ladd
  • District 9 ( Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton): Edward Gordon, Vincent Paul Migliore


  • District 2 (Deering, Weare): Keith Erf, Gary Hopper, JP Marzullo
  • District 6 (Goffstown): Joe Alexander, Barbara Griffin, Michael Gunski, Fred Plett
  • District 7 (Bedford): Linda Camarota, David Danielson
  • District 13 (Manchester ward 6): Larry Gagne
  • District 19 (Manchester ward 2): Kendall Snow 
  • District 20 (Litchfield): Ralph Boehm, Richard Lascelles
  • District 21 (Merrimack): Richard Barry, Richard Hinch, Robert L’Heureux, Nancy Murphy (d), Jeanine Notter
  • District 22 (Amherst): Reed Panasiti
  • District 25 (New Ipswich, Sharon, Temple): Paul Somero
  • District 26 (Brookline, Mason): Jack Flanagan
  • District 37 (Hudson, Pelham): Bob Greene, Tony Lekas, Hershel Nunez, Lynne Ober, Andrew Prout, Andrew Renzullo, Kimberly Rice, Jordan Ulery
  • District 39 floterial (Deering, Goffstown, Weare): John Burt
  • District 44 floterial (Litchfield, Manchester wards 8-9): Mark McLean, Mark Proulx


  • District 2 (Franklin wards 1-2, Hill): Werner Horn, Dave Testerman
  • District 3 (Franklin ward 3, Northfield): Greg Hill 
  • District 20 (Chichester, Pembroke): Brian Seaworth
  • District 21 (Epsom, Pittsfield): James Allard, John Klose
  • District 22 (Allenstown): Alan Turcotte (d)
  • District 24 (Hooksett): Frank Kotowski, Thomas Walsh, Michael Yakubovich
  • District 26 floterial (Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin ward 3, Loudon, Northfield): Howard Pearl
  • District 29 floterial (Allenstown, Epsom, Pittsfield): Carol McGuire


  • District 2 (Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham): Alan Bershtein, James Spillane, Kevin Verville 
  • District 3 (Raymond): Michael Costable , Kathleen Hoelzel, Kevin Pratt 
  • District 4 (Auburn, Chester, Sandown): Jess Edwards, Jason Osborne, Tony Piemonte, Chris True 
  • District 5 (Londonderry): Al Baldasaro, Tom Dolan, Betsy McKinney, Sherman Packard, Douglas Thomas 
  • District 6 (Derry): Brian Chirichiello, David Love, David Milz, John O’Connor, Stephen Pearson, John Potucek, Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien 
  • District 7 (Windham): Joel Desilets, Mary Griffin, Walter Kołodziej, Charles McMahon 
  • District 8 (Salem): Daryl Abbas, Arthur Barnes, Fred Doucette, Robert Elliott, Betty Gay, John Janigian, John Sytek 
  • District 9 (Epping): Mark Vallone (d), Michael Vose 
  • District 12 (Danville): Scott Wallace
  • District 13 (Hampstead, Kingston): Dennis Green, Joseph Guthrie, David Welch, Kenneth Weyler 
  • District 14 (Atkinson, Plaistow): Debra DeSimone, Robert Harb, Norman Major, Peter Torosian 
  • District 15 (Newton): Charles Melvin
  • District 16 (East Kingston, Kensington, South Hampton): Dan Davis
  • District 19 (Stratham): Patrick Abrami
  • District 20 (Hampton Falls, Seabrook): Aboul Khan 
  • District 32 floterial (Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham): Terry Roy 
  • District 34 floterial (Atkinson, Hampstead, Kingston, Plaistow): Mark Pearson
  • District 35 floterial (East Kingston, Kensington, Newton, South Hampton): Deborah Hobson


  • District 1 (Middleton, Milton): Peter Hayward, Abigail Rooney 
  • District 2 (Farmington): James Horgan, Joseph Pitre 
  • District 3 (New Durham, Strafford): Michael Harrington, Kurt Wuelper
  • District 6 (Durham, Madbury): Judith Spang 
  • District 9 (Rochester ward 2): Steven Beaudoin
  • District 24 floterial (Rochester wards 4-5): Mona Perreault 


  • District 2 (Croydon, Sunapee): Gates Lucas 
  • District 5 (Claremont ward 3): Walter Stapleton 
  • District 6 (Newport, Unity): John Callum, Skip Rollins 
  • District 7 (Acworth, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Washington): Judy Aron 
  • District 8 (Charlestown): Tom Laware 
  • District 11 floterial (Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Washington): Steven Smith

Absent/not voting

Speaker of the House Stephen Shurtleff was presiding and did not vote.


  • District 1 (Center Harbor, New Hampton): Harry Viens
  • District 2 (Gilford, Meredith): Glen Aldrich
  • District 5 (Alton, Gilmanton): George Feeney, Peter Varney 
  • District 6 (Belmont): John Plumer 
  • District 7 (Barnstead): Barbara Comtois
  • District 9 (Belmont, Laconia wards 1-6): Charlie St. Clair


  • District 2 (Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Hale’s Location): Thomas Buco
  • District 4 (Moultonborough, Sandwich, Tuftonboro): Glenn Cordelli, Karel Crawford
  • District 5 (Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield): Bill Nelson


  • District 2 (Alstead, Marlow, Surry): John Mann
  • District 3 (Gilsum, Nelson, Stoddard, Sullivan): Daniel Eaton
  • District 4 (Keene ward 1): David Morrill
  • District 11 (Fitzwilliam, Rindge): John Hunt
  • District 14 floterial (Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Rindge, Roxbury): Craig Thompson 
  • District 15 floterial (Marlborough, Richmond, Swanzey, Troy, Winchester): Bruce Tatro 
  • District 16 floterial (Keene wards 1-5): Joe Schapiro


  • District 1: John Fothergill
  • District 6: William Hatch


  • District 1 (Bethlehem, Littleton): Linda Massimilla 
  • District 12 (Hanover, Lyme): Garrett Muscatel 
  • District 14 floterial (Bethlehem, Franconia, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Monroe, Sugar Hill): Elaine French
  • District 16 floterial (Canaan, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Orange, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth): Francesca Diggs


  • District 1 (Antrim, Hillsborough, Windsor): Jim Fedolfi
  • District 5 (Mont Vernon, New Boston): Donna Mombourquette 
  • District 7 (Bedford): Linda Gould, John Graham
  • District 9 (Manchester ward 2): Linda DiSilvestro
  • District 10 (Manchester ward 3): Jean Jeudy
  • District 15 (Manchester ward 8): Mark Warden 
  • District 16 (Manchester ward 9): Joshua Query 
  • District 21: Rosemarie Rung, Wendy Thomas 
  • District 22 (Amherst): Julie Radhakrishnan 
  • District 23 (Milford): Charles Burns
  • District 24 (Peterborough): Peter Leishman, Ivy Vann 
  • District 25 (New Ipswich, Sharon, Temple): Timothy Merlino
  • District 30 (Nashua ward 3): Sherry Dutzy
  • District 31 (Nashua ward 4): David Cote
  • District 32 (Nashua ward 5): Dan Toomey 
  • District 33 (Nashua ward 6): Kenneth Gidge
  • District 34 (Nashua ward 7): Greg Indruk 
  • District 36 (Nashua ward 9): Linda Harriott-Gathright 
  • District 37 (Hudson, Pelham): Alicia Lekas, Russell Ober, James Whittemore 
  • District 40 floterial (Hollis, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston): Kat McGhee
  • District 41 floterial (Amherst, Bedford): Laurie Sanborn 
  • District 42 floterial (Manchester wards 1-3): Jacqueline Chretien
  • District 43 floterial (Manchester wards 4-7): Benjamin Baroody, Richard Komi
  • District 45 floterial (Manchester wards 10-12): Jane Beaulieu


  • District 3 (Franklin ward 3, Northfield): Joyce Fulweiler
  • District 6 (Bradford, Henniker): Beth Rodd 
  • District 8 (Boscawen): Robert Forsythe
  • District 17 (Concord ward 8): Safiya Wazir 


  • District 1 (Northwood): David Coursin
  • District 4 (Auburn, Chester, Sandown): Becky Owens
  • District 5 (Londonderry): David Lundgren, Anne Warner 
  • District 6 (Derry): Mary Eisner, Phyllis Katsakiores, James Webb 
  • District 8 (Salem): Edward DeClercq, Everett McBride
  • District 17 (Newfields, Newmarket): Ellen Read
  • District 18 (Exeter): Lisa Bunker, Julie Gilman 
  • District 20 (Hampton Falls, Seabrook): Max Abramson, William Fowler
  • District 25 (Portsmouth ward 1): Laura Pantelakos 
  • District 26 (Portsmouth ward 2): Rebecca McBeath
  • District 30 floterial (Portsmouth wards 1-2, 4-5): Jacqueline Cali-Pitts
  • District 37 floterial (Hampton, Hampton Falls, Seabrook): Jason Janvrin


  • District 12 (Rochester ward 5): Mac Kittredge
  • District 13 (Dover ward 1): Casey Conley
  • District 16 (Dover ward 4): Sherry Frost
  • District 17 (Dover wards 5-6, Somersworth ward 2): Susan Treleaven, Kenneth Vincent
  • District 21 floterial (Dover wards 5-6, Rollinsford, Somersworth wards 1-5): Catt Sandler 
  • District 22 floterial (Rochester wards 1 and 6): Peg Higgins
  • District 25 floterial (Barrington, Lee): Amanda Gourgue


  • District 1 (Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield): Lee Oxenham

House, Senate Votes coming March 11 and 12

The New Hampshire House will vote on more than 300 bills in a two-day session March 11 and 12. The Senate will meet the same days, with a somewhat less formidable agenda.

Don’t let them say they never heard from you.

If you have time Please MAKE the time to let your reps and senator know how you’d like them to vote on the bills I mention below. Don’t assume someone else or some organization will get the message across for you.

Look up your House member here. From there, you can link to a rep’s contact page. If you’re telephone shy (I am), send an email, but do it before Tuesday the 10th. They’re going to be slammed with messages.

Look up your Senator here. From there, you can link to a contact page. There’s an office number where you can leave your message.

Senate: SB 486, abortion insurance mandate

SB 486 will force some health insurance plans that cover maternity benefits to cover abortion as well. Committee recommendation is “ought to pass,” party-line vote. Thumbs down on that: SB 486 deserves an “inexpedient to legislate” vote.

Testimony at the hearing affirmed that most health insurance policies written in New Hampshire already cover abortion. That’s not enough for abortion advocates. They say “parity” demands that abortion coverage be mandated, since abortion is health care, too.

Only it isn’t.

For another view, you can read Planned Parenthood’s glowing endorsement of the bill.

House: HB 1659-FN, assisted suicide

A committee has recommended Interim Study (IS) on the assisted suicide bill. Ordinarily, I might be content with IS on a dangerous bill. Not this time. Now is the time for an emphatic NO to anything that implies assisted suicide is state-approved medical care. I’m going to ask my reps to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 1659-FN.

By the way, you can skip the FNs when you communicate with your reps. It’s a designation for “fiscal note.” The bill number alone will be enough to confirm what bill you’re talking about.

I have heard both in committee and in casual conversations that some supporters of the bill are irritated that it’s being called an assisted suicide bill. They prefer the official title, “relative to patient directed care and patient’s rights with regard to end-of-life decisions.” I’ll continue to call the bill what it is: assisted suicide legislation.

I posted statements of some opponents of the bill here and here.

House: HB 1675-FN, born-alive infant protection

How can a committee recommend that a born-alive bill be killed? We’ve already seen the Senate kill such legislation this year, but couldn’t the House get it right?

Not if House members heed the Judiciary Committee’s “inexpedient to legislate” recommendation. Brace yourself for the anti-HB-1675 speech from committee chair Rep. Marjorie Smith (D-Durham).

So here we are: I am going to ask my state representatives to toss out the committee recommendation and instead vote “ought to pass” on HB 1675-FN.

House: HB 1678-FN, eugenic abortion

A few minutes after voting ITL along party lines on the born-alive bill, the Judiciary Committee also gave thumbs down to HB 1678-FN, which would penalize abortion providers who provide an abortion strictly for reasons of sex selection or genetic anomaly. One Republican, Ned Gordon of Bristol, joined the committee Democrats in voting ITL, so now this recommendation can be touted as “bipartisan.”

And so what? Again, I’m going to ask my reps to flip the committee report and instead vote “ought to pass” on HB 1678-FN.

Keep At It

In a spirit of peace and persistence, in spite of the likely math, make the calls or send the emails. The legislators are burdened with a huge agenda (a self-imposed burden, to be sure), and debate fatigue is sure to go along with it. They’re getting paid a hundred bucks a year to process all that information. Help them out with your short & sweet message. Thank them for their service.

Remember – don’t let them say they never heard from you.

Surprise! Senate Wants to Rush ITL on Born-Alive Bill

The New Hampshire Senate’s born-alive infant protection bill, SB 741-FN, faces an Inexpedient to Legislate recommendation when the Senate meets on Thursday, February 13. The vote will come only two days after a committee’s ITL vote.

This is a rush job that I would have missed if the bill’s sponsor hadn’t alerted me today. She was surprised, too. The Senate does not normally act on bills within two days of committee action. I don’t care how busy they are; that kind of move doesn’t give the public much of a heads-up.

Action Alert

So don’t bother with letters and postcards. The Senate decided to rush this one. Call your Senator. Senators provide only office numbers on the General Court web site, no personal ones, so I hope their administrative support staff – which amounts to one person for every three Senators or so – is ready to take messages.

Simple message, really: overturn the committee recommendation, and vote Ought to Pass on SB 741, please and thank you. Short, clear, polite.

Here’s the Senate roster, and here’s the “who’s my senator?” link.

Related: my earlier post on this year’s House and Senate bills on born-alive infant protection.

Wanna Watch?

The Senate session begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 13th. SB 741-FN is the third item on the agenda. The session is open to the public, with the gallery entrance on the second floor of the State House.

Note that the Senate gallery is much smaller than the House’s gallery. Access is via a narrow stairway.

The session will be live-streamed as well. Click on the Streaming Media link near the upper right of the General Court home page.

Committee Action

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 3-2 along party lines on February 11 to recommend Inexpedient to Legislate on SB 741-FN. The bill calls for medically appropriate and reasonable care for any child born alive, including children who survive attempted abortion.

Voting Inexpedient to Legislate, recommending that the bill be killed: Democrats Thomas Sherman (District 24, Rye), Martha Fuller Clark (District 21, Portsmouth), and Shannon Chandley (District 11, Amherst).

The Republicans on the committee, both of them co-sponsors of SB 741-FN, voted against the ITL recommendation: Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro and James Gray of Rochester.

Tale of the Docket

The illustration above is a screenshot from the docket, or official online record of action, for SB 741-FN. Of interest is the last line within the green box, which documents the astoundingly rushed nature of this scheduled Senate vote.

2/11/2020 is the date of the most recent action, the committee vote with its “inexpedient to legislate” report. (The “S” column simply means “Senate.”) Next to that is the date 2/13/2020 and “SC 6A.” That means the Senate will vote on February 13 as recorded in volume 6A of the Senate Calendar.

Two days: make the best of them.