Right of doctors to refuse abortion, contraception?

Feb 28, 2018
doctor's right of conscience to refuse

This March the New Hampshire House will vote on a bill that would protect doctors who to refuse to provide an abortion, contraception, or sterilization.

A doctor would have the right to sue an employer, licensing board, or any other person or institution that discriminates against him or her for refusing to provide those reproductive health services.

The bill, HB 1787, would also cover other health care employees, such as nurses and pharmacists.

Do you support Somersworth’s decision to fly a flag belonging to an atheist group over a Ten Commandments monument on town property as part of a rotating “diversity flag” series?

Dec 16, 2017

In January, a monument of the Ten Commandments on a city-owned traffic island in Somersworth will be joined by a very different symbol: a flag representing atheism.

The flag will be raised on a pole specially reserved for citizen groups to celebrate local diversity. In the past, the pole has featured the Irish, Greek, POW, and even the New England Patriots flags. The pole, which stands next to one flying the city’s official flag, was erected in response to a debate over the Ten Commandments monument.

Does NH need a law to protect religious freedom?

May 15, 2017
religious rights, religion, discrimination, equality

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a federal law intended to protect the right of individuals to follow their beliefs.

The RFRA, passed in 1993, says that national laws can only limit a person's exercise of religion if there is "a compelling government interest" and there is no other way to satisfy that interest.

Ban on conversion therapy?

Dec 21, 2016

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark has requested a 2017 bill to limit “conversion therapy,” therapy that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The House and Senate almost passed a ban on conversion therapy for minors last year, but they failed to agree on a final version of the bill.

Vaccination exemption based on personal beliefs

May 17, 2016

Currently, New Hampshire requires that all schoolchildren receive immunizations for 7 illnesses, but parents may apply for an exemption if a physician certifies the immunization could be detrimental to the child's health, or if parents or guardians object for religious reasons.

Businesses refuse same-sex weddings?

Feb 02, 2016

The state of Georgia recently proposed legislation that would allow businesses to refuse goods or services for wedding ceremonies if it went against their religious beliefs. 

Ban gay conversion therapy in NH?

Oct 14, 2015

Rep. Eric Schleien has requested a 2016 bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire.

Gay conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Free State churches in court

Jul 29, 2015

At least two New Hampshire groups affiliated with the Free State Project are fighting in state courts to be recognized as tax-exempt churches.

The Shire Free Church in Keene and the Church of the Sword in Westmoreland are both interfaith groups founded by liberty activists. They argue that they qualify as tax-exempt churches because they teach a moral philosophy and give back to the town through community service.

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