Leaven for the Loaf's Granite State pro-life update, 1 February 2016
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Important hearings & votes in Concord this week;
40 Days for Life events scheduled

Selected hearings in Concord (open to the public; testimony welcomed)

For a full list of hearings, consult the House and Senate calendars for the week. For updates, watch Leaven for the Loaf's Facebook page.
Tuesday, February 2:
The House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee will hear HB 1628, regarding human trafficking. The bill would make it a class B felony to pay or offer to pay to engage in sexual conduct with anyone under the age of 18. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in room 204 of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). 

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear SB 426, a bill to set up an "end of life choices" study commission. 1 p.m., room 101 LOB. At the same time, the Senate Commerce Committee will be in room 100 of the State House for SB 488, regarding accommodations by employers for pregnant workers.

Thursday, February 4:
The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hear HB 1662, regarding abortion-inducing drugs. Among other provisions, the bill calls for physicians to prescribe such drugs only in accordance with FDA protocols. 9 a.m., room 205 LOB.

House Judiciary Committee to vote Tuesday on two important bills

House Judiciary will have an executive session Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m. in room 208 LOB to vote on several bills including HB 1560, which would make most dismemberment abortions illegal, and HB 1627, to require care for infants surviving attempted abortion (the "born-alive infant protection act"). The session is open to the public, but no testimony will be taken. The committee's report will then go to the full House for consideration at a later date. I plan to attend Tuesday's executive session and will report on the result.

HB 1560 is similar to the partial-birth abortion ban that has been in effect in New Hampshire for several years. It would ban (under most circumstances) one particular method of abortion: dismembering the preborn child before extracting it from the mother's uterus. It would not define the preborn child as human and would not make abortion illegal. 

Under HB 1627, "if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of New Hampshire," and would therefore be entitled to appropriate medical care. 


40 Days for Life Winter 2016 campaign begins next week; online signups available; kickoff rallies scheduled

Look for 40DFL campaigns in Greenland and Manchester, New Hampshire, with vigil hours beginning February 10, Ash Wednesday, continuing until March 20. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful campaign of vigil outside abortion facilities, prayer and fasting, and community outreach.

The Greenland campaign will kick off with a one-hour rally next Sunday afternoon, February 7. See their 40DFL campaign page for more information. Among other volunteers, they have UNH students and members of six local churches ready to participate in the campaign - but there's room for you, too.

The Manchester team will have a rally Monday evening, February 15, at Ste. Marie Church in Manchester. Special guests will be the choir from Northeast Catholic College in Warner. If you haven't heard these students before, you're in for a treat. Guest speaker at the rally will be Rev. John MacKenzie of Ste. Marie and Sacred Heart parish in Manchester. See the 40DFL-Manchester Facebook page or campaign page for more information.

At either event, you can learn more about 40 Days for Life and how to sign up for vigil hours. All participants must sign a commitment to peaceful action. 

Do you live in the Salem, NH area? Check out the campaign over the border in Haverhill, MA!

In case you missed a recent post on the blog:

On this date, 2012: Komen cuts off grants to PP - until PP objects.
NH House kills de-funding resolution: the vote and the debate.
On the scene at the March for Life in D.C.
Boston students couldn't get to D.C., so they marched at home.
The Voices to Trust series concludes.
bortion stats bill passes NH House; on to Senate.
enate committee OKs amended fetal homicide bill (and what should be front and center during the debate). 
Thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement for Leaven for the Loaf, and for sharing posts that you find informative. 

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Thanks -
Ellen Kolb
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