Category Archives: Life
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Governor Jan Brewer
Representative Debbie Lesko
Senator Nancy Barto
Senator Kimberly Yee
What do all these people have in common?
They’re passionately pro-life and – to Planned Parenthood’s great frustration – they’re women!
What’s more, these women represent only a small portion of the female pro-life leaders in Arizona.
It’s what is so special about the pro-life movement in our state. These pro-life champions care just as much about the woman walking into an abortion clinic as they do about the reborn child. It’s why our state has passed so many common sense health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
Sadly at every step along the way, the abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, has tried to block even the most basic rules.
Case in point: consider yesterday’s hearing in the House Reform and Human Services committee. Up for debate was the CAP-supported HB 2284, the Women’s Health Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Lesko. I consider it a privilege to be able to have testified in support of this critically needed legislation.
Among other things, this bill would ensure abortion clinics are subject to the same inspections as every other medical facility in the state. Specifically, this would grant the epartment of Health the ability to inspect complaints at abortion clinics without being required to first warn the clinic.
Most people would be shocked to know that abortion clinics have a special carve out like this – especially when abortion providers have such a terrible track record of harming women and preborn children (see: Dr. Kermit Gosnell).
What I found most nonsensical about yesterday’s hearing for HB 2284 was the double-speak.
In one breath the president of Planned Parenthood testified that their organization cared for women. Yet in the very next breath, he stood opposed to protecting women from abusive practices at negligent abortion clinics.
Make no mistake about it – Dr. Kermit Gosnell was allowed to practice in Pennsylvania for so long precisely because the state did not properly inspect abortion clinics due to pro-abortion politics.
It’s imperative that we learn from this tragedy, and not allow hypocritical and dangerous politics to get in the way of our government fulfilling its most basic duty: protecting life.
The sad reality is that as Arizona law stands today, our state values the safety of women at an abortion clinic less than the safety of men and women at every other health care institution.
Thankfully, the Women’s Health Protection Act passed out of committee. There is still a long road ahead for this bill – and at some point, we may need your help by contacting your legislators in support of HB 2284. You can track the progress of this legislation using our Bill Tracker, and by “Liking” CAP on Facebook. Later today, we’ll post my testimony on our Facebook page.
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Planned Parenthood has a long and terrible track record in our state.
Not only is the abortion giant responsible for performing the most abortions in Arizona each year, they’ve gone out of their way to block even the most common sense health and safety standards and regulations on the abortion industry.
They’ve objected to things like:
- Ensuring parents provide notarized parental consent before their child has an abortion.
- Guaranteeing a woman has the right to not just have an ultrasound before an abortion, but be offered the opportunity to view the image of her preborn child before making a decision.
- Assuring the dangerous and deadly abortion pill is dispensed in line with the Food and Drug Administration protocol.
It should come as no surprise then that families in Tempe erupted when they discovered that a Planned Parenthood Arizona employee was consulted to help the Tempe Union High School District choose its sexual education curriculum.
Thanks to our pro-life friends across the state, like Arizona Right to Life, 1st Way Pregnancy Center, and Alliance Defending Freedom, the District’s meetings
have been packed with parents and community members objecting to Planned Parenthood’s influence in their schools.
Make no mistake though: Tempe is not the only district on their radar.
From the top down, Planned Parenthood has not hidden their agenda. A recent blog post from the National Planned Parenthood Action Fund said across the country, our nation’s largest purveyor of abortion would be “going on the offensive.”
Locally, Planned Parenthood has hired a new policy director to “work with communities to advocate for reproductive health and rights, and will collaborate with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona to reach out to voters and legislators to advance a vision of greater access to comprehensive sexuality education, family-planning services, and abortion care.”
In essence, Planned Parenthood has seen all that Gov. Jan Brewer, our legislative leaders, Center for Arizona Policy and our statewide allies have been able to accomplish in recent years, and they want to undermine every bit of it.
And they’re going to start through “community organizing.”
The Tragic Truth of Abortion
Nearly 57 million Americans have died in abortion mills. This is equal to the entire populations of several states.
26 percent of all U.S. pregnancies since 1973 have ended tragically — in abortions.
A majority of Americans oppose abortion.
A majority of women who have abortions believe they are violating their own moral conscience.
Many women and girls are forced or coerced into abortions by a husband, a boyfriend, or their family.
Many women have died from LEGAL abortion. Many more have suffered complications and had to be rushed to emergency rooms after botched abortions. The idea of so-called “safe and legal abortion” is a myth.
Abortion significantly heightens a woman’s risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and scores of additional physical problems, including infertility. Nearly one in 30 women will suffer a perforated uterus during abortion.
Abortion substantially increases a woman’s risk of emotional problems, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Post-abortive women are more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Embryology textbooks state that life begins at conception. The baby’s heartbeat can be heard at 21 days.
Planned Parenthood requires abortion quotas of its affiliates to profit off the death of innocent preborn boys and girls.
Planned Parenthood and other abortionists have a history of refusing to obey the law and report statutory rape of minors seeking abortions.
The relationship between a woman and an abortionist is not a private matter between a woman and her doctor. A doctor is a care provider for patients. An abortionist shows up in a room to kill the preborn child of a woman he has never met before and will not likely meet again.
Abortion employees lie about the human nature of the preborn child in order to sell abortion to women.
Post-abortive women suffer significantly higher rates of accidents, deaths, suicides, and homicides.
Nearly 8 of 10 post-abortive women experienced a preoccupation with their aborted child.
Many people have left the abortion business and become ardent spokesmen for the value of human life, including the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was responsible for one of the largest abortion factories in America. He had also co-founded the National Abortion Rights Action League and admitted that he and others made up phony statistics and polls to generate public support for abortion.
Abortion increases the rates of child battering.
There is never a reason for abortion. Adoption is the best option for someone who does not want to raise her child.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leftist and former ACLU lawyer, called the Roe v. Wade decision “heavy-handed judicial intervention” that was “hard to justify.”
Pregnancy by rape is statistically rare. Police and doctors reported that rapists are often sexual deviants incapable of impregnating their victims. Some women do carry their rape child to term because they believe the child has committed no crime.
Abortion mills are often located in minority communities, and minorities are the victims of a disproportionate number of abortions.
Between 20 and 30 weeks, a preborn child has more pain receptors per square inch than at any time before or after birth, with only a thin layer of skin.
The size, location, and level of development make the preborn child no less human.
No nation will prosper by killing millions upon millions of preborn children.
America desperately needs to restore a culture of respect for human life from natural birth to natural death.
By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Americans United for Life (AUL) released their annual “Life List” this week, and Arizona has continued to move up the charts.
Our state is now ranked the fourth most pro-life state in the nation, behind only Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. According to AUL, the Life List “ranks states by their overall actions on life issues.”
Personally, this announcement was a welcomed pick-me-up after the disappointment of the United States Supreme Court declining to hear arguments over Arizona’s Mother’s Health and Safety Act. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the portion of this law that prohibited most abortions after 20 weeks.
As I said in my statement after the Supreme Court’s decision, it is absolutely terrible that this important law will not be in effect. Arizona legislators passed and Gov. Brewer signed this law to protect women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practice of performing abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy.
Yet despite this sad outcome, the Life List announcement reminds me that we are winning.
All you have to do is look back at a few years to see how far we’ve come. In 2009, Arizona was ranked 29 – in the bottom half of states for protecting preborn children and their mothers.
Now for the second year in a row, we’re in the top 5. Our state was also named one of AUL’s Women’s Protection Project All Stars. This is so meaningful to me because when I look at the devastating impact of abortion, I don’t only see the tragic loss of preborn life, but I also see a hurting woman. It is an honor for our state to be recognized for standing up against the abortion industry’s lies to women.
It’s important to point something out when we look at these rankings too.
Something very critical happened in 2009 that changed the pro-life trajectory of our state. Arizonans elected a pro-life legislature and Governor Jan Brewer became Governor.
It’s been under Governor Jan Brewer’s leadership that Arizona has shot up the charts – jumping 25 spots.
Governor Brewer has done more than just sign the bills too. She’s gone out of her way to passionately defend life. I was incredibly encouraged to hear that our Governor addressed Arizona’s pro-life progress in her State of the State address Monday:
“And, as thrilled as I am with everything we’ve accomplished on behalf of Arizona businesses, I’m equally proud of the work we’ve done on behalf of Arizona families.
From school choice policies that give parents the power to decide their children’s education … To life-affirming legislation protecting the unborn … Together, we have pursued and protected the values most important to Arizona’s families – and Arizona’s future.”
We should never take for granted a governor who stands for life. It was because Arizona had an executive that opposed the rights of women and preborn children that our state was initially ranked in the bottom half of the nation.
Please take time today to send Governor Brewer a short note, thanking her for her leadership.