Category Archives: Life

Governor Signs Women’s Health Protection Act

By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy

Arizona’s thriving pro-life movement has had another tremendous victory today as Governor Brewer has signed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 2284).

This law ensures abortion clinics are subject to the same inspection standards as all other medical facilities in the state. Abortion clinic inspections matter, and it is unconscionable that they would be exempt from common-sense health and safety standards.

I am tremendously grateful to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Debbie Lesko who championed this important legislation and all the legislators that voted for HB 2284. Governor Jan Brewer is also owed a debt of gratitude for standing up to the attacks and distortions from Planned Parenthood to carry on her tremendous legacy as the nation’s most pro-life governor.

Today we celebrate this victory, but our work will never be done until every woman and preborn child is protected from the dangerous and deadly practices of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.”

Read more about the bill here.

Can You Afford a Democrat Governor?

Can you afford Fred DuVal for four years as governor of Arizona?

Can your family budget endure the higher cost of living that comes with Democrats in office?

Are you ready to hand over more of your constitutional freedom to a Democrat?

Are you ready to experience less control over your own life?

Are you ready to pay higher taxes?

Are you willing to let a Democrat governor get between you and your doctor?

And endure even more regulation of and interference with your personal life?

And kiss your vacations good-bye?

Is our state government still not big enough yet?

Fred DuVal is a member of the Party of Control, which wants to exert greater and greater control over your personal life. The Party of Control could not care less about the Constitution and your freedom; it will do whatever it can get away with.

DuVal is running for governor this fall. Don’t let him win. Stay free.

Which will Happen First?

The Republican Party will Achieve Unity when …

Unity. It’s the elusive quest for Republican leaders locally and nationally.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a radio interview at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee convention that he’s seeking unity in the party.

And just recently I read a blog by the outgoing leader of the Republican legislative district in Scottsdale. He listed the accomplishments of his time as district chairman, thanked those who had helped him, and expressed regret at his inability to gain party unity.

To these men’s credit, they tried to do the impossible. Anyone striving to achieve unity in the GOP — at any level — is biting off more than he/she can chew.

The big stumbling block, which they don’t seem to articulate publicly, is the sanctity of human life. Party base Republicans defend it. The official Republican platform recognizes it.

But pro-abortion Republicans will not honor the pro-life plank of the GOP platform. It’s as invisible to them as the Constitution is to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and B. Hussein Obama.

Respect for life and a lack of respect for human life are diametrically opposed positions. They are completely irreconcilable.

Pro-life voters will never vote for abortion supporters. Abortion advocates do not vote for pro-life candidates.

In fact, it was abortion-advocate RINOs in Scottsdale who put Janet Napolitano in office as governor several years ago. They refused to vote for the conservative candidate, Matt Salmon. Napolitano over-performed in the Scottsdale legislative district more than any of the other 29 districts in Arizona.

It was around the time of that 2002 governor’s election between Salmon and Napolitano that I attended the monthly RINO meeting in Scottsdale. And it was scary. Leftist RINO state Senator Randall Gnant stood up and railed against Salmon. Now state Senator Michele Reagan was stumping for increased gambling in the state. The RINO chairwoman praised state Rep. Carolyn Allen — a self-described Planned Parenthood activist — as a “model” lawmaker.

I went home that night shaking my head, and I wrote a blog titled “Wasting Away again in RINOville: Searching for My Lost GOP.”

But the RINOs say we have to have a big tent! Well the pro-abortion Republicans would rather stand in the rain than stand with pro-life Republicans under the big tent.

So, good luck to all you Republican leaders thinking you’re going to bridge that rift over the issue of human life. But a word to the wise: if you do not stand for the sanctity of human life, all else is moot. As long as presidential candidates think they can do the soft-shoe shuffle away from the life issue — yes, you John McCain, Mitt Romney and Bob Dole — Republicans will not control the White House, will not control judicial nominations. You leaders must begin at the proper starting point, the GOP platform section on “The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life”:

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of ndependence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the nonconsensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage

to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form—and to protect from abortion unborn

children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research.

We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

In conclusion, we need Republicans who will fight the Party of Control Freaks tooth and nail over important issues — starting with life and moving on from that crucial starting point.

Senator Ted Cruz Speech at CPAC

Time for Gov. Brewer to Move on

We appreciate Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature on numerous pro-life bills. But we’re glad to see her moving on from the governorship and what would have been a frivolous move to challenge for a questionable third term.

Brewer’s cave-ins to ObamaCare and to radical leftist attacks on religious freedom have greatly damaged her legacy. She will be remembered more for aligning with the McCain-Kyl cabal and the RINO path than anything truly conservative. So it’s time for her to move on, move out of the way, and allow a true Republican conservative to compete for the governor’s office.

Her veto of SB1062 at the urging of leftists, RINOs and the left-stream media was a pitiful sight to behold. It won’t be forgotten by Christians and conservatives who expected more from Brewer.

And in the end, it was McCain and RINOs calling the shots more than Brewer. They align closely with leftists and the party of excessive control — fighting the Party of Freedom all along the way.

We hope for better days ahead from the office of a new governor who is truly devoted to freedom.

It Doesn’t Make Sense

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.

Three Arizona Democrats Flee From Prior Obamacare Support

Barber, Kirkpatrick, Sinema Supported Obamacare, Now Want to Delay Effects Until After Reelection

PHOENIX – Robert Graham, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, called out three Arizona Democrats in Congress for their efforts to blatantly postpone full Obamacare implementation until after their reelection. The three signed a letter to President Obama last week asking for delays until 2015 — after the November elections later this year in which all three Democrats are at very high risk of losing their seats to Republican challengers.

“These three cowards are afraid to admit they supported this faulty legislation, and now they want to run and hide their mistakes from voters,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “You can’t fix the fundamental flaws of Obamacare — it would be like treating the symptoms instead of the disease — and the self-serving tactics of these liberal Democrats shirking their responsibility for this disaster is something voters deserve to hear about before they vote in November.”

Graham noted the three are following the national trend of congressional Democrats, who as a party gambled heavily on the Obamacare passage and are suffering the consequences of the now-failed implementation. Many of those House Democrats lost their seats in 2010, and in 2014 the full force of the Obamacare train wreck will motivate voters to replace them with Republicans.

“Arizona voters are in a unique position with these three competitive seats to voice their firm opposition to Obamacare by sending Republicans to Congress who will fight for taxpayers, small businesses, and families looking forward to a more prosperous future,” Graham added.

Left Stream Media’s Olympic Narrative: Sochi Games are the ‘Homophobic’ Games

Left-stream media shills wasted no time bitterly attacking Russia for its tough stance against radical homosexual activism. Before the competition had even begun, NBC Olympic host Bob Costas repeatedly reminded viewers of the controversy and political ramifications of Russia hosting the Winter Games. He tried to position it as public sentiment, but it’s the Left-Stream Media pushing the homosexual agenda at the prodding of GLAAD and other fascist groups.

NBC quickly trotted out leftist Vladimir Pozner to declare Russia a “homophobic” country.

Over at ESPN, homosexual activist/pitbull Jeremy Schaap seethed with anger as he reported that four homosexual activists in Russia “were arrested!” for demonstrating. He was fit to be tied, jaw jutting in bitter rage.

NBC is overly playing the political card by interviewing President B. Hussein Obama Friday night. Obama blathered on about the importance of homosexual athletes in the Olympics.

What’s really ironic is that decades ago, communists in America realized the United States could never be conquered militarily. But it could be undermined by decadence. So they pushed for a cultural revolution to hollow out America’s ideals. They called for easy divorce; cohabitation; mainstreaming homosexual behavior; defiling entertainment (did you see the recent Grammy awards?); pornography; capturing the media, schools, and a political party.

These communists succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They own the media and the Democratic Party. Pornography has been allowed by the government and the courts to proliferate to a point it is decimating the family. Along with easy divorce. American society is declining, awash in a culture of hedonism. Here’s a partial list of those communist goals for America:

  • Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
  • Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
  • Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
  • Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
  • Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principal of “separation of church and state.”
  • Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
  • Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
  • Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

Who helped these goals become reality in America? The so-called “useful idiots,” of course. What is a “useful idiot”? The Urban Dictionary describes it this way:

Term invented in Soviet Russia to describe people who blindly supported the likes of Lenin and Stalin while they committed atrocity after atrocity. Today, it refers to brainwashed liberals and leftists the world over.

And who’s been noticing America’s cultural descent? Certainly President Vladimir Putin and the Russians. Sure, Russia has its own problems — corruption, alcoholism and poverty, among them. But even they are smart enough to know that if their culture is captured by hedonism and the radical homosexual agenda, their culture will collapse from within. Just as ours has.

So over the top in political propaganda is NBC’s Olympic coverage that in a feature report about the Kremlin, it was declared by the reporter as “hallowed ground.” No mention of the Kremlin as the command and control center for the Evil Empire that Ronald Reagan recognized. No mention of the fact that Moscow and the center of the humanistic Soviet government were responsible for the slaughter of over 100 million innocent human beings and the imprisonment of political opponents in Siberia. Just a little too inconvenient for the useful idiots at NBC.

Planned Parenthood’s Un-Parentlike Plan

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.”

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