An Important Voice for These Times

This election year, one of the most interesting, engaging, thoughtful, and wise political voices is that of Gov. Mike Huckabee. Perhaps you catch his weekend show on Fox News or listen to his radio program.Well, plan now to join us for our CAP Family Dinner with Gov. Huckabee as the keynote speaker. Because of our growing statewide support, we’ve decided to take this show on the road and present the dinner in two locations: Tucson and Scottsdale. We need your help —- reserve your tables or tickets today and help us spread the word for this don’t miss event of the spring!

Join us for CAP Family Dinner in Tucson on March 21 and Scottsdale on March 22.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Pro-Life Mother’s Health & Safety Act Advances CAP-supported HB 2036 passed out of committee this week. Once again, Planned Parenthood tried to distort and misrepresent the dangers of abortion and the facts of this bill. Yet, thanks to the bill’s sponsor Rep. Kimberly Yee, and the members of the Senate Judiciary committee, Planned Parenthood was not able to derail this important legislation.

The two-hour committee hearing is well-worth watching. One of the most powerful moments was when one pro-abortion supporter tried to claim that giving birth is more dangerous – and causes more deaths – than abortion. Senator Steve Yarbrough reminded the woman that this is impossible because there is always one death from abortion – the loss of the preborn child.

The most concerning aspect of the committee hearing however is Planned Parenthood’s complete denial of any risks of abortion. You and I know abortion not only takes the life of the preborn child but also poses significant risks to the mother. All of us know women who were harmed by an abortion. Take time today to read our Issue Brief on AZPolicyPages.com about how abortion harms women.

Big Week for Religious Freedom 
Several CAP-supported bills to protect our religious liberty continued to pass through the legislature this week.
  • SB 1365 passed the Senate; awaits House hearing March 6 – Protects professionals from losing their state licenses for practicing their faith and strengthens protection for religious organizations that contract with the state.
  • HB 2625 passed the House; awaits Senate hearing – Expands the definition of “religious employer” for the state’s prescription contraceptive coverage exemption and protects employers and employees from being forced to pay for abortifacient contraceptives against their religious beliefs.
  • HB 2770 passed the House; awaits Senate hearing – Protects college and university professors from being denied tenure because of their religious convictions or political beliefs.
  • HB 2774 passed the House; awaits Senate hearing – Affirms the religious liberty of churches by clarifying the statutes that exempt churches from property taxes.

An Important Message for Young Women  
In partnership with Arizona State University Students for Life, CAP hosted a screening of the documentary eggsploitation this week. Following the film, the students and CAP staff discussed the ads they’ve seen on campus soliciting young women for their eggs, and their concerns about the ethical issues involving egg donation.
ABC 15 came to the screening and aired this segment on the topic.

40 Abortions Per Week

40 Abortions Per Week

Phoenix Magazine’s current edition portrays a glowing image of Valley abortionist Gabrielle Goodrick, who claims to perform, on average, 40 abortions per week. The article reads like a Planned Parenthood ad: dehumanizing the preborn and completely ignoring the considerable physical and emotional risks women face when they have an abortion.

Shane Wikfors at Sonoran Alliance blog this week wrote about what is also noticeably missing from the article. In February, Goodrick was placed on five years probation by the Arizona Medical Board. The Board said she reported she “may have a substance abuse problem,” and the Board’s Physician Health Program Contractor determined that Ms. Goodrick was “not safe to practice” and recommended “that she attend a chemical dependency evaluation.”

While not surprising, the lack of journalistic integrity is astounding. Once again, when all the facts are included, one cannot paint a sunny picture of Arizona’s abortion industry. I encourage you to pray for Goodrick and those entering her clinic. The facts are that abortion has tragic, life-altering consequences for all involved.

Leading a Family

Dad’s make a difference in our lives. They play a critical role in providing a loving, secure environment for families. A Heritage Foundation brief shows the importance for families of having a dad around:

  • Fathers’ engagement in their children’s activities is linked to higher academic performance.
  • Among adolescent boys, those who receive more parenting from their fathers are less likely to exhibit anti-social and delinquent behavior.
  • Among adolescent girls, those who have a strong relationship with their fathers are less likely to report experiencing depression.

Today, a new group of children, though, may never know their fathers. Jennifer Lahl, the executive producer of Eggsploitation, is producing a new film, Anonymous Father’s Day. The film tells the story of children conceived through sperm donation who will most likely never know their fathers and how this has impacted their lives. Click here to watch the trailer, and visit AnonymousUs.com to hear some of these stories. Also be sure to thank and love on your dad this Father’s Day! Most likely, I’ll be watching the U.S. Open with my dad and my husband.

Eye-Opening

We screened Eggsploitation twice this week – at Arizona Christian University and for a joint House and Senate Health Committee. Eggsploitation tells how the retrieval of human eggs to create embryos through in vitro fertilization carries significant health risks for women, to say nothing of the potential harm to embryos. Most who see the movie – from legislators to college-age women – say the movie is eye-opening. Click here for a copy of CAP’s overview of the issue.

If you missed the screening, and would like to see Eggsploitation, you can purchase the DVD from CAP for $17 plus $3 shipping and handling. Also, if you’re interested in hosting a screening for your church, class, or small group, we can help. Email info@azpolicy.org or call the CAP office, 602.424.2525.

Arizona’s Roe v Wade?

Arizona’s Roe v Wade?

On Tuesday, the CAP policy team will attend the Arizona Court of Appeals hearing on the 2009 Abortion Consent Act in Planned Parenthood v Horne. This case could decide if there is a greater right to an abortion in the Arizona Constitution than in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision.

The Abortion Consent Act, which was signed by Governor Brewer but challenged in court soon after, includes provisions to:

  • Ensure that a parent’s signature authorizing an abortion for their minor daughter be notarized before the abortion can happen.
  • Provide women with greater informed consent protections.
  • Protect health care professionals from being forced to perform abortions if they have sincerely held moral or religious pro-life beliefs.

Guarantee that non-doctors cannot perform surgical abortions.

Follow me on Twitter or CAP on Twitter and Facebook to get up-to-the-moment updates from the hearing. Please be in prayer for a favorable outcome.

The Eggsploitation of Women

There are just a handful of seats for Monday night’s screening of Eggsploitation at Arizona Christian University at 7:00 p.m. Immediately following the screening there will be a panel discussion with some of the nation’s leading experts on egg donation:

  • Jennifer Lahl, Executive Producer of Eggsploitation and President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture.
  • Nik Nikas, President and General Counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund.
  • Brett Harvey, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defense Fund.

Deborah Sheasby, CAP’s Legal Counsel, and I will also be on the panel. To guarantee your seat you must RSVP. We won’t be able to take walk-ups and you won’t want to miss this unique event!

Elections are Closer Than You Think!

Election season is right around the corner – and I’m not talking about the Presidential primary. Throughout Arizona, city elections will be held in August and November. CAP is currently working on compiling a City Voter Guide for Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Prescott, and will post the responses at azvoterguide.com.

But first things first: You have to be registered to vote! June 26 and July 3 are Voter Registration Sundays, and we have plenty of Voter Registration Kits to help you start your drive at your church.

CAP Policy Intern, Michal Ann Morrison, wrote a blog post this week about how just a few votes have made the difference in some very important elections. Check it out; then order your Voter Registration kit here.