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  1. Public Prayer - Take Action Lydia Vest 05-Feb-2016
  2. The Whistleblower is Indicted for an Unjust Charge Info AZ Policy 29-Jan-2016
  3. Hopeful Info AZ Policy 22-Jan-2016
  4. Expanding Freedom Info AZ Policy 15-Jan-2016
  5. 21 Days of Prayer for Life Info AZ Policy 08-Jan-2016

Action Alerts

  1. Another Video - Make Your Voice Heard! Info AZ Policy 15-Sep-2015
  2. Join the Protest Planned Parenthood events! Info AZ Policy 19-Aug-2015
  3. Our Chance to Defund Planned Parenthood Info AZ Policy 31-Jul-2015
  4. Arizona Churches Need Your Voice! Emily Charles 03-Mar-2015
  5. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 04-Nov-2014

Breaking News

  1. Abortions Decrease 3.7% in Arizona Info AZ Policy 12-Oct-2015
  2. Gov. Ducey and A.G. Brnovich Respond to Planned Parenthood Video Info AZ Policy 20-Jul-2015
  3. Históricamente Trágico: La Corte Suprema Dice que las Mamás y los Papás No Son Necesarios Info AZ Policy 26-Jun-2015
  4. Historically Tragic: Supreme Court says moms and dads are unnecessary Info AZ Policy 26-Jun-2015
  5. Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Life Legislation! Aaron Baer 30-Mar-2015

Public Prayer - Take Action

Friday, February 05, 2016

Like many of you I’m sure, I was saddened, dismayed, and even shocked to see the result of Wednesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting.

First, the facts if you haven’t heard about this: City of Phoenix, like most governmental bodies, has followed the traditional invocation to begin council meetings. The City Clerk approved a request by a Satanic group to deliver the prayer with the invocation set for February 17. The approval set off a strong public reaction in opposition.

What began with a debate over whether to allow a Satanist to deliver a council prayer concluded with the council voting to completely remove prayer from council meetings. Led by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Thelda Williams, on a 5-4 vote, the council voted to immediately stop all opening prayers and instead hold a moment of silence at all future meetings.

Apparently, this was the ultimate goal of the Satanists from the beginning – to completely do away with public prayer in the sixth largest city in the United States. But it’s a step the council did not legally have to make, as there is firm legal grounding for both public prayer and for policy decisions that would have excluded the Tucson Satanists from doing the opening prayer.

Less than two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an historic ruling in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case affirming the right of public bodies (like city councils) to open their meetings with prayer. By making that ruling, the Court upheld the public prayer tradition that began with our founding and said it wasn’t the role of government to determine what is and is not an appropriate prayer.

Although that also means a prayer cannot be excluded due to its particular religious doctrine (normally meaning a prayer by a Satanist could not be excluded because it’s a Satanist prayer), policies are completely permissible that restrict prayer givers to geographic areas like only within the city of Phoenix. It’s also completely permissible for a public body to have a policy by which elected officials rotate to invite individuals to pray.

In this case, councilmembers Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates, Michael Nowakowski, and Jim Waring all publicly supported a motion to not necessarily stop all satanic prayer, but to instead require an elected official to sponsor each prayer. This would be a much more transparent process, and if a councilmember wanted to invite a particular group to pray, then there would be no guessing who was responsible for the decision.

Sadly, that did not happen, and these four councilmembers’ votes against completely doing away with the public prayer were not enough.

But this is not the end of this saga. There are already rumblings that this issue could be put before the voters of Phoenix to decide at the ballot. And we at CAP will be sure to keep you up-to-date as this moves forward.

Please take a moment to thank the four councilmembers for their reasoned and principled approach to stand up against this agenda-driven removal of public prayer in Phoenix:

And, of course, pray for this decision to be reversed and for a city that will honor and respect the need for prayer!

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest

  • Get the latest information on the indictment of David Daleiden.
  • Thirty-nine Arizona legislators along with more than 400 other state legislators signed onto this amicus brief written by our friends at Bioethics Defense Fund and Americans United for Life, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the right of states to regulate abortion and protect life.
  • A proponent for gay rights flipped his opinion and now believes that bakers should not be sued simply for following their conscience and turning down service to a same-sex wedding.

The Whistleblower is Indicted for an Unjust Charge

Friday, January 29, 2016

They charged the whistleblower and not the criminal.

I’m sure you were as shocked as I was when it was announced this week that a grand jury in Texas had indicted David Daleiden. Mr. Daleiden is the undercover investigator who pulled back the curtain this past summer on the horrific practices of Planned Parenthood and their trafficking of aborted baby body parts. 

It’s impossible to grasp how a grand jury charged with watching the gruesome undercover videos of Planned Parenthood discussing their inhumane practices and determining whether to indict the nation’s largest abortion provider,  instead chooses to indict the whistleblower who uncovered the activity.

To provide some background, on Monday David Daleiden was indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas for a felony and an accompanying misdemeanor – using a fake ID and for intent to purchase fetal tissue for profit. Another undercover videographer was also indicted with a felony for using a fake ID. 

Although this is obviously a tragic turn of events, this is just the beginning of the process and several factors work in Mr. Daleiden’s favor. The first is pretty obvious in that anyone who has watched the undercover videos knows that Mr. Daleiden never intended to buy aborted baby parts. He lacked the intent required by the Texas law prohibiting the buying of baby body parts. Rather, the whole intent of the entire undercover investigation was to show the lengths that Planned Parenthood will go to make a buck. 

Secondly, these laws were not intended to prevent undercover investigators from doing their jobs. Undercover investigations and whistleblowing occurs all the time, and Mr. Daleiden’s investigation was nothing new.

We remain hopeful and in prayer that true justice will win out for Mr. Daleiden, but there’s one fact that remains clear: nothing can take away or diminish what the whole nation saw about America’s largest abortion provider. Shocking practices were uncovered and admissions by Planned Parenthood executives were caught on tape for the world to see.

We remain committed to ensuring no abortionist from Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider can barter or profit from the trafficking of aborted baby body parts within Arizona.

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest 




Hopeful

Friday, January 22, 2016

Today we observe one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history – the day the United States Supreme Court ruled that taking the life of a preborn child at any stage of pregnancy for any reason was legal. Yet it is a day filled with hope for the days ahead.

Today, I urge you to redouble your efforts to protect the lives of preborn children and their mothers and fathers.

Forty-three years ago few would have anticipated a pro-life movement that is stronger than ever with the country daily witnessing an increasingly pro-life majority. That the abortion rate would be dropping, not increasing.

Some key thoughts to encourage you that we are making a difference…

  • The pro-life movement is just as concerned about the woman walking into an abortion clinic as we are about her preborn child. Abortion not only stops a beating heart, it hurts women. Abortion breaks a woman’s heart. We all know a woman wounded by abortion who has suffered greatly – either physically or emotionally – from her abortion. Men are coming forward in increasing numbers who regret having supported or coerced a woman into having an abortion. These truths help persuade women to choose life, not abortion.
  • Ultrasound technology continues to show the humanity of the preborn child. The vivid pictures of babies as early as nine or ten weeks in the womb with a beating heart and clearly distinguishable human features leave no doubt – that’s a life worthy of protection.
  • The atrocities – the dangerous and deadly practices – being performed daily by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics continue to be exposed. No longer can the American public act as though these so-called women’s health services are for the common good. No, quite the opposite.
  • In the last three years, more states have passed more laws protecting preborn children and their mothers than at any time in the last 43 years. Almost all of the Republican candidates for President are pro-life. More and more candidates for office proudly proclaim their pro-life views, including the most recent and current Arizona governors.

To keep making a difference, I offer you these action steps…

  • Pray for an end to abortion. Pray for committed pro-life individuals to be elected to office, especially as President of the United States. Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court as they rule on the Texas abortion law later this year.
  • Financially support and volunteer at a pregnancy resource center. These pro-life heroes are on the front lines daily reaching abortion-minded women with life-saving alternatives.
  • Financially support and volunteer for a candidate of your choosing who will protect and defend life from its very beginning to its natural end.
  • Always, always be ready to be winsome and persuasive as you present the truth with those who do not hold a pro-life view. Know the facts about how abortion hurts women and fetal development from the moment of conception.

Today we mourn the havoc wreaked on preborn children, men, and women. Yet today we also keep our hope fixed on a new day in America when all life is protected from its very beginning to its natural end.

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest 

Expanding Freedom

Friday, January 15, 2016

“As you debate new laws, I call on you to ask: Is this the proper role of government? Are we expanding freedom – or limiting it?"

                                    Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
                                    State of the State, January 11, 2016

  

Those words from Gov. Ducey resonated with me as I watched his annual speech last Monday, opening day of the 2016 legislative session. 

I’m often asked by the media – are you ready to talk about your legislative agenda for this year? My usual response: no. I’m far more interested in getting the job done than in getting a press release out about any bills we are supporting or opposing. 

But our focus this session aligns with Gov. Ducey’s statement. 

Center for Arizona Policy will support legislative proposals to expand freedom for preborn children and their mothers. 

To expand or protect freedom for people of faith. 

To expand the freedom of parents to choose the education best meeting their children’s needs. 

We will defend against any proposals that limit the freedom of parents to oversee their children’s education or that rollback the advances made to protect preborn children and their mothers in recent years. 

We will oppose any proposals that limit freedom for people of faith to be able to live and work according to their faith. Government should not compel people to choose between their faith and their livelihood.

Our role at the Capitol is clear: in the areas of life, family, and religious freedom, we promote the good bills and oppose the bad bills. Our policy team will be there everyday monitoring legislation, working with legislators, and most of all – working to expand and defend freedom.

Join us. Follow legislation via our bill tracker. Pray with us for our elected leaders. Be ready to take action when we issue an action alert.

Together, we can continue to make a difference for life and our families. 

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest 





21 Days of Prayer for Life

Friday, January 08, 2016

Today’s message is simple: 

I invite you to commit to pray with us for the next 21 days for life.

  

To get started, download this incredible guide from our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Starting Monday, January 11 through Sunday, January 31, CAP will post on Twitter and Facebook what to pray for that day.

In our lifetime, there is no greater cause than to stand in defense of innocent babies who deserve the same opportunities to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we each enjoy. There is no greater cause than to reach women considering an abortion with the truth. 

We hope you’ll join us in prayer!

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest 

  • Capitol Prayer Walk. Join us early Monday morning to kick off the new year and the opening day of the 2016 Legislative Session with prayer!
  • Abort, or I’ll Sue! Read about this surrogate mom filing a lawsuit because she doesn’t want to abort one of the three preborn babies she’s carrying per the father’s request.
  • Our view: Doug Ducey is our Arizonan of the Year. Governor Doug Ducey has completed his first year in office. Read about some of his administration’s accomplishments.
  • Who Decides to End a Life? As John Stonestreet writes, worries about death panels are no joking matter now.
  • Congress defunds Planned Parenthood! ICYMI – earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and the bill is now on President Obama’s desk. 


Save the Dates!

Friday, January 01, 2016

If you’re like me, you’re spending this first weekend of the year planning ahead.

Mark your calendars for these 2016 CAP events in the coming months – and stay tuned for more events and details to come, including the announcement of our spring CAP Family Dinner!

 

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest

  • Costly beliefs: State squeezes last penny from bakers who defied lesbian-wedding cake order. Terrible news out of Oregon, proving that protecting religious freedom is more important now than ever before.
  • Eric Metaxas explains why a secular, liberal culture is bad for America. Eric discusses the all-important issues of religious freedom and abortion in this short clip.
  • Governor strikes clerk names from Kentucky marriage licenses. ICYMI – big news out of Kentucky last month.



Here we go

Monday, December 28, 2015

We haven’t even closed out 2015 and we already see the harmful changes that some would like to see in Arizona in 2016. And I am again reminded of why CAP matters. Here are screenshots about two bills already introduced for the 2016 legislative session:



I’ll save you the trouble of reading the bills and summarize them this way: these bills are bad for parents, bad for families, and not what Arizona is about.

Mandating sex education for all public schools beginning in Kindergarten, removing all boundaries as to what should be taught about heterosexual and homosexual sex, and pulling a fast-one on parents by switching the law from opt-in to opt-out is not the Arizona I know. Yet that would happen if these bills were to become law.

It is bills just like these that represent why CAP matters. Ensuring bills like these never become law is often more important than the promotion of CAP-supported bills, and it rarely garners publicity or makes the news. But it remains a key component of what we do at the Capitol each and every legislative session.

And it’s why in 2016, bad proposals like these show why CAP’s presence at the capitol to advocate for Arizona families is more needed than ever. Please partner with us as we start 2016 combatting policies like these and to ensure Arizona remains a place that Arizona families can thrive.



10 Years

Friday, December 18, 2015

In the how time flies category…this month marks ten years I have served as CAP President.

As one tends to do, I’ve been reflecting over these last ten years. Not only am I closing out on ten years as CAP President, but I’ve also been on CAP’s team for 18 years.

To go from small town Texas girl to political junkie to liberal feminist to conservative Christ-follower to CAP as my life’s calling has been quite the journey with much more yet to come.

For me, some of the highlights include…

  • The informed consent law passing and being upheld by the courts after about 15 years of trying – ensuring women considering an abortion have a chance to hear the truth about the risks, alternatives, and humanity of their preborn child.
  • Almost 30 pro-life provisions going into law showing lives can be saved and the abortion rate going down when citizens pray for good government, vote their values, and participate in the legislative process.
  • Arizonans from all faiths and ethnicities uniting to amend our state constitution to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. We did what we could as citizens to protect and defend the time-honored definition of marriage.
  • A parents’ rights law stating that it is a fundamental right of parents to direct the education, health care, and upbringing of their children.
  • A right of conscience law declaring that an individual’s professional license cannot be suspended, revoked, or denied because of their religious or personal beliefs.
  • Expansive school choice programs being passed to enable parents to choose the educational setting best meeting their children’s needs.

At the same time, I have witnessed a deep cultural slide that continues, showing the need for CAP to matter more than ever…

  • Grief and deep concern that the legal redefinition of marriage results in the fact that some children won’t even have a chance to have a mom and a dad. Social science still proves that children do best in an intact home with a married mom and a dad; yet our culture and legal system have denied that truth and denied children that opportunity. My resolve remains, however, and now our opportunity and challenge are to rebuild a culture of marriage that values the union of one man and one woman.
  • The very idea that government could force individuals to choose between their faith and their livelihood simply because the individual holds the belief that human sexuality and marriage are reserved for the marital union of one man and one woman. CAP must combat the threats to religious freedom that jeopardize our very freedom to live and work according to our beliefs.

Then, of course, there are the Scriptural truths that sustain me each and every day…

  • That we are called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
  • We are not to grow weary in well-doing because in due time we shall reap.
  • That we are to be ready and active for the day of battle – to do our part to stand – but leave the victories, the results in God’s hand.
  • That our battles are not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.
  • That we are to pray without ceasing for those in authority over us.
  • That God will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • That great is His faithfulness.

I’m grateful for each one of you who have stood with us in prayer, encouragement, and support. I’m grateful for Len Munsil’s vision and commitment to start and grow CAP 

Know that I am as committed as ever to carry on the work of CAP. As long as God calls us to this work with you standing with us, CAP will be here to matter and make a difference with the goal of making Arizona the best state in which to raise a family.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch my year-end message, please do by clicking here.

Our financial needs are significant as we approach year-end. We remain about 18% away from meeting our 2015 budget goal. Meeting this goal goes a long way to determining whether we will be able to drive the conversation, mobilize the grassroots, and expand our reach in 2016. I hope you’ll be able to help us meet this goal in these last few days of 2015.

May God bless you and your family this Christmas season! To Him be the glory and honor for the great things He has done.

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest







Remembering Pearl Harbor

Friday, December 11, 2015

 

Picture that day at Pearl Harbor 74 years ago this week.  

The day that will live in infamy.

More than 2,400 Americans died.

Why?

They died to secure our freedom.

They died so that future generations of Americans – you and me and our children and grandchildren – would continue to live in an America where we enjoy the first freedom – the right to freely live and work according to our beliefs without government compelling otherwise.

Today, the greatest external threat clearly comes from the threats to our national security.

And the greatest internal threat clearly comes from the continued assaults on religious freedom as well as the overall assaults on the other freedoms secured in the First Amendment – the freedom of speech and the freedom to peacefully assemble.

This is the threat that weighs heaviest on me as I lead CAP into 2016.

Consider the case of Blaine Adamson, the managing owner of Hands On Originals, a t-shirt printing company. Blaine was sued when he declined to print t-shirts with a message in conflict with his religious beliefs. Thankfully, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom defended Blaine against the assault. While he almost lost his business, he hasn’t because a court ruled in his favor. Blaine’s right to live and work according to his beliefs was secured – but only after a challenging court fight.

More than ever it is incumbent upon all of us to stand up and speak out in defense of religious freedom and freedom in general. For if we protect freedom for one, we have an obligation to protect freedom for all.

As Ronald Reagan once said,

Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

Moving into 2016, recommit now to the defense of freedom. Commit to honor the memory of those who have gone before us by being resolute in your defense of freedom.

May we always be properly appreciative of the freedoms that we have been blessed with in this great country. 

To help CAP continue to fully defend freedom in 2016 at all levels of government, I hope you will consider a year-end gift to Center for Arizona Policy. We still need to raise about 21% of our annual budget before the year ends. Please help us enter 2016 boldly by making your year-end donation today by clicking here. 

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest 





Making a Difference

Friday, December 04, 2015

As 2015 is coming to a close, I hope you will consider a year-end gift  to Center for Arizona Policy. Our plans to Drive the Conversation, Mobilize the Grassroots, and Expand our Reach depend upon your generous support this month! Please make a secure online donation here. Thank you! 

We now have witnessed two tragic, senseless shootings in the span of a mere week. In the Colorado shootings, there has been a rush to judgment on the part of many in the mainstream media.   

Let’s take a look at what we really know and what it means. 

Senseless killing is never ‘pro-life’ – whether at the Colorado Springs location or at the FRC headquarters in 2012 or anywhere else. This deranged killer’s actions do not represent the peaceful, loving attitude and actions of the millions of Americans in the pro-life movement. The peaceful #ProtestPP demonstrations involving thousands of Americans earlier this year prove as much. 

No one knows the shooter’s motives and investigators have not released that information. Anyone who makes declarations about motive now is irresponsible, dishonest, or both. 

One thing everyone knows and agrees on is that the murderous rampage in Colorado Springs was abhorrent. The victims deserve prayer during this painful moment, not partisan posturing.

But make no mistake about it – this horrific act in no way makes an organization under multiple state and federal investigations for many misdeeds over many years immune from continued scrutiny of its nationwide pattern of waste, abuse, and potential fraudulent behavior. 

At Center for Arizona Policy, we will continue to speak out against the atrocities happening inside abortion clinics. 

We will continue to fight to protect women from the emotional and physical harms that abortion inflicts upon them. 

We will redouble our efforts until the sanctity of human life is protected and defended from its very beginning to its natural end. That is our mission. That is our goal. 

We’ve made a difference, and we will continue to make a difference in the years ahead – thanks to all of you, our pro-life legislators, Attorney General, and Governor.

In Arizona, we’ve mattered. We’ve made a difference. Abortion numbers continue to plummet. Pro-life laws continue to be enacted. Abortion-minded women are able to receive more information that has proved to be life-saving for their babies and themselves.

With your prayers and support, Center for Arizona Policy and the pro-life movement in Arizona will continue our drive to make Arizona one of the safest places in America for preborn children and their mothers. 

ICYMI – Latest News and Articles of Interest



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