Ellen Kolb

Ellen is a writer, pro-life activist, and communications consultant. She blogs about life-issue politics in New Hampshire at Leaven for the Loaf.

The Speaker took sides, but…

Following up on Steve’s post about New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper taking sides in a few Republican House primaries, let’s see how that’s working out.  The Jasper for NH committee filed a September 7 report of independent expenditures in eight districts, targeting certain GOP incumbents by omission – in Merrimack, for example, the committee’s …

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PP contract & Hassan/Van Ostern ethics: “unofficial sources” yawn

Darlene Pawlik, New Hampshire citizen, thought there was something fishy about politicians taking campaign funds from one branch of Planned Parenthood and then supporting state contracts with another PP branch. She recently filed an ethics complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Committee, asking that the committee look into those fishy actions by Governor Maggie Hassan …

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Texas DA drops charges against Daleiden, Merritt re PP body-parts videos

From the Houston Chronicle: The Harris County [Texas] District Attorney’s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record, for using a fake identification to gain access to the facility. In a surprise …

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Substandard care for women is now a Constitutional right

Remember Gosnell? (If you don’t, let Skip remind you.) Among the laws passed in some states in the wake of Kermit Gosnell’s conviction was Texas’s H.B. 2, which included requirements that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges and that abortion facilities meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical facilities. Five Supreme Court Justices have tossed …

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Texas judge dismisses charge against Daleiden

After undercover journalist David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress reported on the baby-parts business conducted by some Planned Parenthood affiliates, a Texas grand jury handed down an indictment – not against Planned Parenthood, but against Daleiden for human-organ trafficking. Today, a Texas judge threw out one of the charges. Coincidentally, the dismissal follows …

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Federal court revives challenge to PA buffer zone

While New Hampshire abortion providers are deciding whether to put our state’s currently-unenforced anti-First-Amendment “buffer zone” law  to work, they might want to keep an eye on the Bruni case out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A challenge by peaceful pro-lifers to that city’s buffer zone law had been tossed by a federal district court – but on June …

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Conference Committee meets Tuesday on conversion therapy bill

Update on HB 1661, the “conversion therapy” bill: House and Senate conferees will attempt to work out their differences over the bill at a meeting Tuesday morning, May 24, at 11 a.m. in room 205 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. The meeting is open to the public, and the conversation among the legislators …

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Score one for religious liberty: SCOTUS decides to leave the Little Sisters of the Poor alone for now

Try as it might, the federal government has not yet convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that the health of American women depends on forcing a bunch of nuns to help procure contraception for their employees via employer-provided health insurance. The Court on May 16 saved the Little Sisters of the Poor and several other plaintiffs …

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Tied and tabled: abortion stats and buffer zone repeal fail in the Senate

The New Hampshire Senate on May 5 tabled bills on the First Amendment and public health, after twelve Senators found them too hot to handle. Both bills were characterized by opponents as attacks on abortion rights, although neither would have affected to any degree the rights created by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. …

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