April 2016 newsletter from Ellen Kolb & Leaven for the Loaf
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Buffer zone hearing this week: Tuesday, April 5, 2 p.m.

The state senate will hold a hearing on the buffer zone repeal bill, HB 1570, on Tuesday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in room 101 of the Legislative Office Building. Watch Leaven for the Loaf's Facebook page for any updates. The hearing will be at the Health and Human Services committee and is open to the public. You may testify in person or email the committee to recommend that they vote ought to pass on HB 1570.  It's time to repeal the buffer zone law!

As reported on Leaven for the Loaf, a federal judge recently dismissed the lawsuit against the buffer zone law, ruling that since no abortion facility had yet posted a "buffer," no one's rights had yet been harmed by the law. An injunction that had been in place to prevent enforcement of the law has been lifted, and abortion facility operators may post buffer zones if they choose. The federal judge left open the possibility of another court challenge to the law if a buffer zone is posted and penalties for peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights are then imposed. Of course, if legislators repeal the law, there will be no threat of buffer zones and no need to contemplate further litigation.


Other bills

We are still awaiting New Hampshire House action on the fetal homicide bill carried over from last year, HB 560. The Senate amended the bill in January. You'll recall that last year, a House/Senate committee of conference was unable to come to agreement on fetal homicide legislation. Let's hope for progress this year. 

The abortion statistics bill passed by the House, HB 629, was passed by the House and has had a Senate hearing but no Senate floor vote. The delay is troubling. I'll report on the blog as soon as a vote is scheduled. Read my March 21 post on the bill's progress so far and the very puzzling turn of events that has led to delay.

In case you missed it, here's a link to Leaven for the Loaf's exclusive compilation of eleven life-issue votes taken by the New Hampshire House so far this year. 


Pro-Life Seminar in Manchester April 17

The Knights of Columbus will host their annual pro-life seminar at St. Joseph Cathedral church hall on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 4 p.m. There is no charge, but advance registration is required by April 13. Lunch is included with the program (freewill offering accepted). Many area pro-life ministries will have information tables. I'll be there myself to cover the event (come say hello!). Featured speaker will be Dr. Ryan Topping of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack. For more information, consult the Facebook page for the event, or contact Ron DiStasio at

#ProtestPP: Planned Parenthood protest April 23

This information is from New Hampshire Right to LifeOn April 23, #ProtestPP will conduct the first annual nationwide protest at Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide, to be held on the 4th Saturday of April every year until the abortion chain no longer preys upon our communities.In Manchester, the event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood on Pennacook Street.

"We’ll call on Congress and the States to cut off all government funding to Planned Parenthood and bring charges against all those responsible for the horrific baby parts scandal. And we’ll demand that all charges against undercover journalist David Daleiden be dropped."

Respect Life series in Windham, April 28
Knights of Columbus in Windham sponsor a Respect Life series every fourth Sunday of the month following 7 p.m. Mass. On April 28, the presenter will be Dr. John Matuszewski on "The Trauma of Abortion for Women."

Culture of Life Conference in Rochester April 30

The Works of Mercy ministry at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish in Rochester will hold its fifth annual Culture of Life conference on April 30, with details to be released shortly. I've been given a peek at the preliminary agenda, which features dynamic speakers and timely topics. Watch Leaven for the Loaf's Facebook page for full information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can save the date!

Watch for special features this month!

April 2016 marks four years since I began blogging with Leaven for the Loaf, and I hope you'll enjoy some of the featured posts coming up to celebrate the anniversary. Stay tuned!

I'm going to celebrate Leaven's birthday by participating in the Walk for Life on May 7 to benefit Care Net of Manchester and Nashua. I'd like to raise $400 to celebrate four years. Will you help me? No amount is too small! Click on the image above for more information. Thank you to the readers who have already signed on as sponsors! 
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