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Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD Returns to Speak on Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life

Sep 18, 2014

After speaking to a capacity crowd last year, Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit and graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, returns as the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Manchester’s 6th annual Catholics in the Public Square event on November 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

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Fall 2014 Weekly Catholic Voter Series: The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person

Sep 15, 2014

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to describe the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. In this issue, we begin with the Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person.

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Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support the Second Chance Act!

Sep 12, 2014

The United States Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to discuss reauthorization of the Second Chance Act (H.R. 3465/S.1690) in the coming weeks.  In order to broaden support for this important legislation, your Senators and Representative need to hear from you to encourage them to co-sponsor and support the Second Chance Act.

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Catholic Citizenship News Launches Fall Education Campaign

Sep 8, 2014

In preparation for the fall elections, we are proud to announce the launch of Conscience and Your Vote, an education and awareness drive dedicated to encouraging Catholics in New Hampshire to learn about Church teaching on today’s pressing issues, pray as we form our consciences, and get out and vote. This year, we face great challenges as a nation, but also are presented with great opportunities to build a future based upon the principles laid forth by Christ.

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Bishop Libasci Urges Catholics to Cast Votes for the Good of Others

Sep 2, 2014

Bishop Peter A. Libasci has issued a letter in advance of New Hampshire’s September 9 primary election calling upon Catholics in the Diocese of Manchester to be citizens “who will work first and foremost for the good of others . . . to benefit all people, especially the unborn, the poor, the forgotten elderly.”

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Humanitarian Crisis: Unaccompanied Children From Central America

Aug 8, 2014

Since October 1, 2013, more than 52,000 unaccompanied and undocumented children and teens have crossed the southwestern United States border, fleeing extreme poverty and violence in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America.

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New Hampshire Legislative Session Ends

Jun 9, 2014

The New Hampshire Legislative session has come to a close with New Hampshire Catholics having been involved like never before. Your voice has lifted up a consistent view of life, speaking out for the unborn, victims of human trafficking, the poor, the ill, the elderly, and even those who face death sentences. Your advocacy truly made a difference this session with the overwhelming defeat of four bills related to assisted suicide and the approval of a human trafficking measure that received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

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Urge Senator Ayotte to Oppose Bill Provision that Cuts Food Aid to the Hungry

Jun 5, 2014

On April 1, the United States House of Representatives passed a Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes a provision that would cause serious harm for poor and hungry people around the world. The bill’s provision, known as “cargo preference,” would require that 75% of all United States food aid bound for poor and hungry people around the world be transported on U.S.-flagged ships. It is estimated that this increase of 50% will raise transportation costs for food aid programs by at least $75 million annually, effectively reducing the number of people served by food aid programs by 2 million. Because the provision in this bill increases transportation costs and decreases the number of hungry people who can be served, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) oppose an increase to cargo preference.

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Death Penalty Repeal Effort Ends for this Session

May 27, 2014

Last week, the Senate defeated SB 202, the second bill passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives this session to repeal the state death penalty. With this most recent Senate vote, the effort to repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire in 2014 comes to a close.

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Urge Governor Hassan to Veto the Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Bill

May 23, 2014

SB 319 proposes to create a buffer zone of up to 25 feet around abortion clinics, allowing only certain individuals to be present within the designated area. While an employee of an abortion clinic would be allowed to be present on the public sidewalks around abortion clinics and speak for the purpose of escorting individuals, an individual who wishes to pray or speak with a woman to offer an alternative to abortion would be silenced. The bill gives abortion clinics the exclusive right to determine the area of the zone without any requirement of a municipal approval process.

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ACTION ALERT: Your Help Needed on Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone and Death Penalty Repeal Bills

May 13, 2014

Your help is needed on two bills scheduled for votes before the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 14: a bill to create a buffer zone around abortion clinics and a bill to repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire. Learn more about the issues below and contact your representatives today. Your voice can have an impact on these two bills concerning life from conception to natural death.

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ACTION ALERT: Your Help Needed on Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone and Death Penalty Repeal Bills

Apr 10, 2014

We heard from representatives that they took to heart your cards, letters, and phone calls when they considered their votes on the bills to repeal the death penalty repeal and allow assisted suicide. Your voice can make a difference in the second half of the legislative session on two bills impacting life from conception to natural death.

Your help is needed on two bills scheduled for action in the coming weeks. The bill to repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire is expected to reach the Senate for a vote on Holy Thursday, April 17, and a bill to create a buffer zone around abortion clinics has been scheduled for a hearing on April 22.

 

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Catholic Citizenship News Crossover Update

Apr 3, 2014

Last week, the New Hampshire Legislature marked what is known as “Crossover” – the deadline by which the House and Senate each must complete all hearings and votes. Legislation that has passed the House has been sent to the Senate, and legislation that has passed the Senate has been sent to the House.

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ACTION ALERT: Death Penalty Repeal Bill Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing

Mar 27, 2014

The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the bill to repeal the death penalty (HB 1170) on Thursday, April 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Representative’s Hall in the State House in Concord.

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Update on Assisted Suicide Bills and ACTION ALERT for this Week

Mar 10, 2014

The New Hampshire House soundly rejected three assisted suicide bills this week. HB 1325, HB 1216, and HB 1292 all were defeated thanks to your advocacy. The closest margin was 153 votes! Of the four bills related to assisted suicide introduced in the Legislature this session, the only bill to pass the House was the bill to study “aid in dying laws.” Your efforts in reaching out to your representatives truly made a difference in defeating these bills.

The New Hampshire House is scheduled to consider four bills of interest to Catholics on Wednesday, March 12, so contact your representatives today on these bills. To find the contact information for your representatives CLICK HERE or call (603) 271-3661.

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ACTION ALERT: NH House to Consider End-of-Life Bills this Week

Mar 3, 2014

The New Hampshire House is scheduled to consider five end-of-life bills as early as March 5, 2014. In particular, your help is needed to oppose four assisted suicide bills because they put vulnerable persons at risk – the frail, elderly, sick, as well as those with disabilities and mental illness. Read our talking points and call your representatives today to let them know we can respond with compassion, care, and respect for those facing the end of life.

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New Hampshire Legislature in Session

Feb 24, 2014

The New Hampshire Legislative session has been off to a fast start. Below you will find a summary of the bills we have been following, along with notes on how you can take action.

Many of the bills this session are of interest to Catholics, but your help is needed in particular on bills to legalize assisted suicide and to repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire. Read about the bills, and contact your legislator today to make your voice heard – some of these bills could be heard on the House floor as early as March 5.

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Important Updates

Jan 9, 2014

The New Hampshire Legislature has returned to Concord, and in the coming weeks, we will start to bring you summaries of the bills we are following. In the meantime, here are important updates...

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Oppose the SAFE Act: National Call-In Day to Congress on November 13

Nov 7, 2013

The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act (H.R. 2278) is an immigration reform bill pending in the United States House. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the SAFE Act for several reasons, including because it would place faith-based charities and Good Samaritans at risk of criminal prosecution.

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Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD to Speak on Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life

Oct 16, 2013

Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit and graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, will be the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Manchester’s 5th annual Catholics in the Public Square event on November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

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ACTION ALERT: Support people struggling with hunger!

Sep 16, 2013

Urge your Representative to oppose drastic cuts and changes to SNAP/food stamps that will harm hungry and vulnerable people. The House is expected to vote on cuts the week of September 16!

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ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Choose Dialogue and Diplomacy in Syria!

Sep 5, 2013

Contact your two U.S. Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote against a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Instead, ask them to support U.S. leadership, in collaboration with the international community, for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and serious, inclusive negotiations for peace.

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New Hampshire Legislative Session Ends

Aug 19, 2013

While the budget and other issues dominated the headlines, your advocacy on several bills made a difference, especially in lifting up the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Click the links below for more information, and be sure to check out End-of-Life Issues to learn about Governor Hassan’s veto of HB 403, a bill amended to study “end of life decisions.”

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Urge your Senators to support a Farm Bill

Jun 3, 2013

Urge your Senators to support a Farm Bill that feeds hungry people, promotes stewardship of creation, fosters small family farmers, and helps rural communities thrive! 

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Contact the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Gang of Eight Members

May 17, 2013

We need your help. Call or write to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Gang of Eight members.

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NH House Considering End-of-Life Issues

Apr 15, 2013

The New Hampshire Senate soon will consider two bills on end-of-life issues:

  • HB 316 (Relative to Regulating Alkaline Hydrolysis for the Disposal of Human Remains)
  • HB 403 (Establishing a Committee to Study End of Life Decisions)

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Catholic Citizenship News Crossover Update

Apr 5, 2013

The New Hampshire Legislature recently marked its Crossover Day – the day by which the House and Senate each must complete all hearings and votes. Legislation that has passed the House has been sent to the Senate, and legislation that has passed the Senate has been sent to the House. As we enter the second half of the session, we provide you with a summary of the results of the bills we have been following and a look ahead at the legislation we will be tracking.

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New Bill Would Protect Religious Freedom and Rights of Conscience

Mar 11, 2013

Ask Congress to Support H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act 

Thanks in large part to your efforts, Rep. Diane Black and fifty other House members introduced a new bill last week called the “Health Care Conscience Rights Act,” H.R. 940, which would protect Americans’ First Amendment rights by providing a full exemption for all those whose religious beliefs run counter to the HHS mandate. The bill would also protect institutions and individuals from forced participation in abortion.

 

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Contact Your Representatives about Two Bills

Mar 1, 2013

The New Hampshire House will consider two bills next week:

  • HB 316 (Relative to Regulating Alkaline Hydrolysis for the Disposal of Human Remains)
  • HB 483 (Relative to Information Regarding Abortion)

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HHS Proposal Falls Short in Meeting Church Concerns

Feb 22, 2013

Urge Congress to Protect Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty

On February 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the mandate that requires coverage for sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortions. The announcement showed some movement by the Administration but fell short of addressing concerns raised by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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New Hampshire Legislature in Session

Feb 15, 2013

The New Hampshire Legislature has been busy conducting hearings on the many bills under consideration for this session. Here is a summary of the bills we have been following.

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NH House Considering End-of-Life Issues

Feb 12, 2013

The New Hampshire House will consider two bills on end-of-life issues in the next few weeks:

  • HB 403 (Establishing a Commission to Study Death with Dignity for Persons Suffering from a Terminal Condition)
  • HB 316 (Relative to Regulating Alkaline Hydrolysis for the Disposal of Human Remains)

 

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Contact Your State Representative to Support the Education Tax Credit Program

Feb 8, 2013

A New Hampshire law allows businesses to make a donation to a scholarship organization in exchange for a tax credit against the state business profits tax and/or business enterprise tax for an amount equal to 85% of the donation. The donations are used by the scholarship organization to grant scholarships to New Hampshire children to attend nonpublic schools, including Catholic schools. Children age 5 to 20 who have not graduated from high school are eligible to apply if their household income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level (currently $69,150 for a family of four). A bill has been introduced to repeal the education tax program, and the House Ways & Means Committee is expected to consider the bill next week.

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A Call for Just and Compassionate Immigration Reform

Jan 7, 2013

Ask your United States Senators and Representatives to pass just and compassionate immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress.

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We Need Your Input!

Nov 26, 2012

Catholic Citizenship News is conducting a survey to determine how we can best deliver information to you about election resources, legislation, and events. Your feedback is important and will help us as we plan future communications.

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Why does the Church take a position on budgets and public assistance programs?

Nov 8, 2012

Now that the election is over and the ads have stopped, significant work will begin immediately. Our newly senators and representatives will introduce bills, and you can get involved by learning about the issues, following legislation, and engaging your elected officials.

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Prayerfully Consider Your Vote Tomorrow

Nov 5, 2012

Many eyes will be turned toward New Hampshire tomorrow. We face great challenges as a nation, but we also are presented with great opportunities to build a future based upon the principles laid forth by Christ. May we take this opportunity seriously, obtain factual information about the candidates and their positions, and get out and vote tomorrow.

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Caring for God's Creation

Oct 29, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. We examine our seventh theme this week – Caring for God’s Creation.

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Solidarity

Oct 22, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. This week, we learn about Solidarity.

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Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Oct 15, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. In this installment, we focus on the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers.

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Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Oct 9, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. This week, we examine the Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.

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Rights and Responsibilities

Oct 1, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. This week, we focus on Rights and Responsibilities.

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Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Sep 24, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. This week, we examine the Call to Family, Community, and Participation.

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The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person

Sep 17, 2012

This fall, Catholic Citizenship News features a weekly program to help Catholics learn about the seven key themes of Church teaching as we form our consciences in preparation for the general election. In this issue, we begin with the Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person.

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Catholic Citizenship News Launches Fall Education Campaign

Sep 10, 2012

In preparation for the fall elections, we are proud to announce the launch of Conscience and Your Vote, an education and awareness drive dedicated to encouraging Catholics in New Hampshire to learn about Church teaching on today’s pressing issues, pray as we form our consciences, and get out and vote. This year, we face great challenges as a nation, but also are presented with great opportunities to build a future based upon the principles laid forth by Christ.

Starting this week, Catholic Citizenship News will feature a weekly program to help Catholics learn about Church teaching.

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School Choice and Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Bills Become Law

Jun 29, 2012

Thanks to your efforts this session, key measures will become law in New Hampshire including Education Tax Credits, Partial-Birth Abortion and End-of-Life Decisions.

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New Hampshire Session Ending – Your Help Needed

Jun 22, 2012

The New Hampshire Legislature ended its session, and bills that passed both the House and Senate have been heading to Governor Lynch. Your advocacy made a difference this session, and now we need your help on the remaining bills to be considered by the Governor and those returning to the Legislature for veto override votes. Here is a summary of the bills we tracked in the second half of the session...

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The Senate is about to start votes on the Farm Bill!

Jun 8, 2012

Urge your Senators to support a Farm Bill that feeds hungry people, promotes stewardship of creation, supports small family farmers, and helps rural America thrive.

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Vote on Fetal Homicide Bill Expected on May 30

May 25, 2012

In 2009, the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard the Lamy case, a criminal case concerning an intoxicated driver who struck a car driven by a woman who was pregnant. The child was delivered prematurely and died two weeks later as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The Court overturned the conviction of the driver for causing the death of the child because current New Hampshire law does not support a conviction for the child’s death. In the Lamy decision, Justice James Duggan wrote, “Should the legislature find this result in this case as unfortunate as we do, it should follow the lead of many other states and revisit the homicide statutes as they pertain to the fetus.” HB 217 was introduced to include unborn children in the current homicide laws.

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Votes on Education Tax Credit Bills Expected this Week

May 15, 2012

Bills were introduced in both the House and Senate this session to establish tax credits for businesses and offer scholarships to students who attend nonpublic schools. The education tax credit program would allow low- and middle-income students to receive an average of $2,500 per year if they choose to attend a nonpublic school. Businesses would fund the scholarships and receive an 85% tax credit in return on either the business profits tax or the business enterprise tax. The House and Senate passed the respective bills (HB 1607 and SB 372), and a group has coordinate the two bills to create one framework. Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on the bills this week.

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Send Messages to HHS and Congress

Apr 26, 2012

Please click on the link below to send messages to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Congress telling them to stand up for religious liberty and conscience rights.

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New Hampshire Legislature Marks Crossover Day

Apr 23, 2012

Just before Holy Week, the New Hampshire Legislature marked its Crossover Day – the day when legislation that passed the House is sent to the Senate and legislation that passed the Senate goes to the House. As we enter the second half of the session, we provide you with a summary of the results of the bills we have been following and a look ahead at the legislation we will be tracking.

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Presentation - What is Faithful Citizenship?

Apr 12, 2012

Have you ever wondered why the Catholic Church is involved in bills before the state and federal legislatures? Do you want to learn more about the Church’s teachings on social issues? Then come find out about Faithful Citizenship at an informational meeting with Meredith Cook, Director of the Office of Public Policy on April 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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New Hampshire House Votes on Marriage and Casinos

Mar 16, 2012

The New Hampshire House will vote on two important bills in the near future:

  • HB 437 (Supporting Traditional Marriage) – the House is expected to vote as early as March 21, 2012
  • HB 593 (Legalizing 4 casinos and 14,000 video slot machines in New Hampshire) – the House is expected to vote as early as March 28, 2012

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Oppose Payday Loans by Supporting Governor's Veto of SB 160

Mar 5, 2012

SB 160, which was passed by the Legislature and vetoed by the Governor, would create a new small loan product in New Hampshire known as payday loans. The bill also overturns the interest rate cap for these lenders and would allow them to charge interest rates in excess of 400 percent APR. SB 160 was strongly opposed in the legislature by the Attorney General’s office, the local Welfare Administrator’s Association, and a coalition of churches, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

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NH State Legislators to Vote on Religious Exemption for Contraception Coverage

Feb 29, 2012

There has been much press surrounding the mandate issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring contraceptive and sterilization coverage in almost all private health plans nationwide. Here, in New Hampshire, a state law also mandates contraception coverage without regard for whether such coverage violates the rights of citizens to practice their faith. An amendment to HB 1546 provides that employers with a religious objection will not be required to provide contraceptive coverage. A vote on this amendment is expected to be held March 7, 2012.

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Urge Your State Representatives to Support Traditional Marriage

Jan 30, 2012

In 2009, by the narrowest of margins, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a law that overturned thousands of years of Western civilization by redefining marriage as the union of any two adults. In 2011, HB 437 was introduced to repeal that law and restore the definition of “marriage” as the union between one man and one woman. The Legislature is expected to vote on an amended version of HB 437 within the next two weeks.

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HHS Mandate an Attack on Religious Liberty and Conscience Rights

Jan 27, 2012

Support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception. The rule is set to take effect August 1, 2012. The exemption provided for "religious employers" is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities, and service organizations that help millions every year. Non-profit religious employers that do not now provide such coverage, and are not exempt under the rule’s extremely narrow definition of religious employer, will be given one year—until August 1, 2013—to comply.

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Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Church's right to offer public moral witness

Jan 25, 2012

In the face of the threats posed by radical secularism, Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Church's right to offer public moral witness. The Pope said this during his meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America, who he received on Thursday morning, 19 January, on the occasion of their visit "ad limina Apostolorum."

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Urge your Senator to Support Catholic and Other Independent Schools

Jan 20, 2012

SB 372 would provide tax incentives to businesses that donate scholarship money to independent schools. We support SB 372 but seek clarification in the bill to ensure that the bill would apply to religious schools.

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For Family and Marriage

Dec 29, 2011

On the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Family, Bishop Peter A. Libasci shares his reflections on family and marriage.

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Contact your Representatives and ask them to say no to expanded gambling.

Dec 16, 2011

HB 593, which would legalize two casinos and 10,000 slot machines in New Hampshire, will be considered by the Legislature in January. 

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Contact your Legislators to Express Opposition to Expansion of the Death Penalty

Dec 15, 2011

On January 4, 2012, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will consider a bill that would dramatically expand the death penalty in New Hampshire. While under current law, only specific categories of homicide can be prosecuted as capital murder, HB 162 would make the death penalty applicable to anyone who commits “purposeful” murder.  According to the NH Department of Justice, eight murders in 2008, ten murders in 2009, and five murders in 2010 would likely have been charged as capital murders had HB 162 been in effect.  

New Hampshire currently has one person in prison with a death sentence.  His case, still on appeal, has already cost New Hampshire taxpayers over $5 million, more than it would cost to jail him for 100 years.

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Show Support for our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters

Dec 12, 2011

Contact the Executive Council before Wednesday, December 14 and ask them to support federal funding for critical services for refugees and their families.

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"Protect Life Act" Passes House - Your Help Needed for Senate

Nov 13, 2011

WASHINGTON-The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities welcomed passage in the House of the "Protect Life Act". Attention now shifts to the Senate, where Senators should be urged to support and co-sponsor S. 877. Voice your support at NCHLA's Action Center.

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Urge the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote “No” on Repealing DOMA

Oct 31, 2011

The Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate has scheduled a hearing on November 3, 2011, to vote on a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (known as “DOMA”).

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Famine grips East Africa, floods ravage South Asia

Oct 25, 2011

Urge Congress, Administration not to abandon our brothers and sisters now! Our Catholic faith calls us to protect people who are hungry, thirsty, seeking refuge and care. Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance, which fights hunger and disease and makes communities facing natural disasters such as those in East Africa and South Asia, more resilient, makes up less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget. However, Congress is considering proposals right now that would drastically cut assistance to people in dire need.

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