Manchester Mayoral Challenger Picks Up PP Support

Manchester residents, FYI: Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig has picked up the support of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Action Fund, along with a snappy hashtag (#proJoyce). This is on top of her endorsement by EMILY’s List, a national group that has turned its sights on the Queen City.

Ms. Craig is challenging incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas in the November 7 election.

Special Election for State Rep: a Note on Jim Headd

New Hampshire voters in Auburn, Chester, and Sandown (Rockingham County district 4) will go to the polls tomorrow, September 26, for a special election to fill a state representative seat. Among the candidates is former state representative Jim Headd. An alert Leaven for the Loaf reader reminded me of an event I covered three years ago, at which Mr. Headd was a speaker.

Jim Headd (in white shirt), speaking at an August 2014 pro-life rally at the State House in Concord. At right is former NHGOP chairman Jack Kimball.

At that time, Mr. Headd said this: “God gave us life from the moment of conception until the time of natural death, and I vow to you that’s how I will vote.”

I have not spoken to Mr. Headd since that time, and I have not interviewed either of his 2017 opponents. I offer his 2014 remark for what it’s worth. My thanks to the faithful reader who recalled the post from three years ago.

[Update: Mr. Headd did not prevail in the September 2017 race, losing 901-862 to a Democratic challenger, with 41 votes going to a Libertarian candidate according to preliminary returns.]


A Note on Manchester Mayoral Race

From my post at Granite Grok:

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the September 19 primary in the Queen City confirmed that Ted Gatsas and Joyce Craig will face off once again in Manchester’s mayoral race. Craig lost to Gatsas in 2015 by 64 votes.

Craig has the endorsement of EMILY’s List this year, as she did in 2015. The abortion advocacy group describes its rationale for involvement in state and local elections

Read the full post.

Abortion Advocacy Group Targets N.H. State Reps

New Hampshire’s new fetal homicide law has drawn the attention, ire, and cash of an experienced, well-funded political action group dedicated to packing legislative bodies with abortion advocates.

From WMUR’s John DiStaso:

PUTTING GOP ‘ON NOTICE.’ The nationwide political action committee EMILY’s List has long played a significant role supporting Democratic, pro-choice women candidates in New Hampshire.Now, we’ve learned, the group is announcing a plan to expand its effort down the ballot into state legislative races in the Granite State and elsewhere.

…“Republicans in the New Hampshire Legislature have amassed a shameful record of voting to turn back the clock on women’s rights,” EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain said in a statement provided to WMUR.“These legislators have recklessly passed legislation that limits the reproductive rights of women, have attempted to repeal the existing law that provides buffer zones to protect women, and have attempted to put in place an abortion ban after just over 21 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. That is why EMILY’s List is recruiting an historic number of strong, pro-choice Democratic women leaders in 2018 to hold these Republican legislators accountable for their out-of-touch agenda.”

As though Republicans are consistently pro-life, but that’s an issue for another day.

“Limits the reproductive rights of women” apparently means in EMILYspeak “respecting the right of women to carry a wanted child to term.” Likewise, in EMILYspeak, “recklessly” apparently means “after twenty years of carefully crafting compromise language that included input from bereaved families.”

They’re right about attempting to repeal the buffer zone, but the only thing the zone’s about is restricting the First Amendment rights of peaceful pro-life witnesses. Legislators have attempted – not hard enough, but at least attempted – to respect the Supreme Court’s McCullen decision, while keeping in place laws against violence, assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing (among other things).

EMILY’s List objects to abortion limitations that don’t have exceptions for rape or incest. You won’t be surprised to learn that EMILY’s List also objects to limitations that DO have exceptions for rape or incest. EMILY’s List has no room for women conceived in violence.  So much for “protect[ing] women.”

Watch for EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates on the municipal as well as state levels. Last time Joyce Craig ran for mayor of Manchester (which she’s doing again this year), her EMILY’s List endorsement didn’t say a word about abortion advocacy or First Amendment suppression. Instead, the endorsement was about Craig’s history of community service. That was shrewd. Make no mistake, though: EMILY’s List does not get involved in a race unless its leaders imagine, however wildly, that abortion is at stake.

If EMILY’s List endorses a candidate, you can be confident that the candidate will oppose First Amendment rights for peaceful, non-confrontational pro-life witnesses. You can rest assured that the candidate will oppose abortion statistics laws and any attempt to make New Hampshire less Gosnell-friendly. EMILY’s List candidates will oppose any effort to assure protection and care for children who survive attempted abortion. They will oppose parental notice when pregnant adolescents seek abortion.

The measures listed in the preceding paragraph do not touch on any right to life for unborn human beings. They are all consistent with Roe v. Wade and its judicial progeny, at least so far. Even so, abortion advocacy groups want to oust legislators who support such measures. Even if a legislator supports the First Amendment rights of peaceful witnesses but does not recognize the nature of a human being in utero, she or he won’t pass muster with EMILY’s List.

Welcome to the master class in abortion extremism.