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  1. Del Tackett's New Project Info AZ Policy 24-Jul-2015
  2. How Long America? Info AZ Policy 16-Jul-2015
  3. Silenced...But here's something you can do Info AZ Policy 10-Jul-2015
  4. Happy Independence Day! Info AZ Policy 03-Jul-2015
  5. We stand together Info AZ Policy 26-Jun-2015

Action Alerts

  1. Arizona Churches Need Your Voice! Emily Charles 03-Mar-2015
  2. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 04-Nov-2014
  3. Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 29-Oct-2014
  4. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 26-Aug-2014
  5. ACTION ALERT: Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 19-Aug-2014

Breaking News

  1. Gov. Ducey and A.G. Brnovich Respond to Planned Parenthood Video Info AZ Policy 20-Jul-2015
  2. Históricamente Trágico: La Corte Suprema Dice que las Mamás y los Papás No Son Necesarios Info AZ Policy 26-Jun-2015
  3. Historically Tragic: Supreme Court says moms and dads are unnecessary Info AZ Policy 26-Jun-2015
  4. Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Life Legislation! Aaron Baer 30-Mar-2015
  5. Governor Ducey signs legislation to help churches Aaron Baer 23-Mar-2015

Del Tackett's New Project

Friday, July 24, 2015

For families throughout Arizona, Dr. Del Tackett’s The Truth Project was an amazingly inspiring small group study that challenged them to grow and strengthen their biblical worldview.

Dr. Tackett’s teachings forced us all to answer the question do we really believe that what we believe is really real? And if so, what does that mean for how we live our lives?

I’m often asked what is Dr. Tackett working on next, that’s why I’m pleased to share with you The Truth Encounter.  

In his own words, “[The Truth Encounter] is a place where I hope and pray you will find encouragement … maybe some prodding … maybe some equipping. It is a place for you to engage one another as you ponder the depths of who God is.”

Check out this video message from Dr. Tackett to learn more:

The site is full of great content for you to explore. I recommend reading his blog, and recent post “Homosexual marriage ruling: practical actions for the remnant.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Gov. Ducey and A.G. Brnovich Respond to Planned Parenthood Video

Monday, July 20, 2015

Statement from Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod

“Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich both publicly responded to the shocking undercover video exposing the horrifying practices of the country’s largest abortion provider.

The video, released last week, captures Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director discussing how their doctors can manipulate an abortion in order to preserve vital organs of preborn children for medical experimentation and possibly sale. Troublingly, the state of Arizona is referenced multiple times in the unedited version of the video as a potential state in which to carry out these abhorrent transactions.

We appreciate and are thankful for Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich taking steps to protect preborn children and ensure baby tissue is not a commodity for sale in our state.”

Read Governor Ducey’s statement here and Attorney General Brnovich’s statement here.

For more information, contact Lydia Vest, 602.424.2525 or lvest@azpolicy.org.

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.


How Long America?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

On Tuesday, another undercover video was released exposing how America’s largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood operates.

The video captures Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director discussing how their doctors can manipulate an abortion in order to preserve vital organs of preborn children for medical experimentation and possibly sale. 

How long will Americans put up with the atrocities being committed by Planned Parenthood? How long will American citizens support politicians who stand with Planned Parenthood? How long will even the most committed pro-abortion and pro-choice sympathizers ignore and even defend the unconscionable acts being done daily at Planned Parenthood facilities throughout this country, including those done with taxpayer dollars? 

Even Arizona Republic columnist EJ Montini couldn’t stay silent about the latest atrocities, saying even abortion proponents should be disturbed by these practices.

Planned Parenthood has a track record of placing profits over the health and safety of women. The latest lawsuit against the CAP-supported law requiring women to be informed about the Abortion Pill Reversal is a prime example.

As you may remember, this law was the result of Planned Parenthood lying to a young woman in Glendale that there was nothing she could do to stop the effects of the abortion pill Planned Parenthood had given her just hours earlier.

Thankfully, she didn’t accept Planned Parenthood’s lies and found out for herself about the Abortion Pill Reversal process. She now has a healthy pregnancy and will be giving birth this fall.

The very idea behind the Abortion Pill Reversal threatens Planned Parenthood’s business model. Women will “ultimately feel relief” after an abortion, Planned Parenthood claims. Sadly, you and I know this isn’t the case, and countless women experience deep and lifelong regret after following Planned Parenthood’s advice.

More must be done to protect women and preborn children from this abortion giant. Thankfully, the U.S. House of Representatives has announced hearings to investigate Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts. What you can do today is to share this latest investigative video to spread the truth about Planned Parenthood. 

More on Planned Parenthood

A Special Note

Congratulations to CAP Vice-President of Communications Aaron Baer who has accepted the position of Policy Advisor to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. In his five years at CAP, Aaron has had an incredible impact on our work. He indeed is a man of many talents with a heart and passion for life, marriage, and religious freedom. I am thankful for his service at CAP. Aaron will be joining a great team at the Attorney General’s office. I wish General Brnovich and his team all the best – they are making a difference in Arizona and nationally.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com 

Silenced...But here's something you can do

Friday, July 10, 2015

What if you were fined $135,000 tomorrow because of your convictions? What would that mean for you, your family, and their future?

And then, you were ordered to be silent.

This scenario played out for Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In 2013, Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother came in for a cake tasting where she shared with Aaron that there was no groom but instead two brides. Aaron then explained that he would not be able to provide a cake for the wedding because of his and Melissa’s religious belief in the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman.

Soon after, the Kleins found themselves at the center of a lawsuit claiming they had illegally discriminated against the same-sex couple for not wanting to participate in their wedding.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian settled the decision by seizing the livelihood of the Klein family and demanding they pay the Bowman-Cryers $135,000.

What’s more, Melissa and Aaron Klein have now been ordered by Avakian to “cease and desist” – to stop speaking up about their beliefs and stop living and running their business in accordance to their convictions.

Justice Alito’s words in his dissenting opinion against the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage are already coming to fruition when he wrote, “…those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

The Klein’s stand isn’t just about their basic freedoms, but every American's. It is only a matter of time before every one of us will be faced with the question of compromising our faith, or paying the consequences.

Right here in Arizona, we have our own example of a leader standing for religious freedom. This week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich signed a letter along with 14 other state attorneys general to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner opposing the unprecedented power the government has taken restricting religious freedoms and imploring Congress to prevent the IRS from targeting religious groups and potentially driving them out of existence.

You can read the letter here.

As our culture is increasingly in opposition to people of faith, we want to stand behind those who have the courage to defend your right to not only speak—but also live and act—in accordance to your beliefs.

Take time today to send Attorney General Brnovich a short email  thanking him for standing for religious freedom.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 03, 2015

We stand together

Friday, June 26, 2015

Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court thought they gave the final word on abortion when they mandated abortion on all 50 states.

Yet today, the pro-life movement is stronger than ever, and we continue to make progress to protect life.

Just like with abortion, today’s Supreme Court decision will not be the final word. Five unelected justices cannot change millennia of history and the longstanding truth that marriage between a man and a woman is what’s best for our culture.

As Justice Roberts said, “There is no transformation without representation.” This wasn’t a decision by the people. It wasn’t even from an elected body. Our efforts to build up the family and marriage carry on.

The question our nation faces today is what is to become of the millions of people that hold to the historical and longstanding view of marriage as between a man and a woman?

Will the government force people and organizations to comply with this ruling, or be punished?

What is certain is that Center for Arizona Policy is not going anywhere. We will continue to stand for marriage and religious freedom. This work has never been done alone though – we need your prayers, your partnership, and your support.

Stand with us today by making a donation.This work is only going to get harder going forward, but I still have great hope for our families, our state, and our nation.

If you’d like to read CAP’s statement on today’s decision, click here.

Históricamente Trágico: La Corte Suprema Dice que las Mamás y los Papás No Son Necesarios

Friday, June 26, 2015

Declaración de Center for Arizona Policy

PHOENIX - "La decisión de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos de hoy es históricamente trágica. La Corte Suprema ha hecho caso omiso del proceso democrático al quitarnos a todos los estadounidenses la habilidad de debatir y decidir sobre el matrimonio.

Lo que es más, por anular la definición probada por el tiempo que el matrimonio es únicamente la unión de un hombre y una mujer, la Corte ha dicho que los niños no se merecen la mejor oportunidad de ser criados por sus padres biológicos.

Esta no es la primera vez que la Corte Suprema se ha excedido en sus funciones, y al igual que antes, esta no va a ser la última palabra sobre el tema. La Constitución de Estados Unidos no dice nada sobre la definición del matrimonio, lo que hace que sea aún más atroz que 5 jueces hagan a un lado los votos de decenas de millones de votantes en todo el país.

La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos nunca puede cambiar la verdad fundamental de que la unión para toda la vida entre un hombre y una mujer es el fundamento de un estado y una nación fuerte. Center for Arizona Policy se ha comprometido a velar para que esta unión esencial sea fortalecida y reafirmada para asegurar un mejor futuro para las generaciones venideras."

Historically Tragic: Supreme Court says moms and dads are unnecessary

Friday, June 26, 2015

Statement from Center for Arizona Policy Vice President of Policy and General Counsel, Josh Kredit

PHOENIX – “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is historically tragic. The High Court has disregarded the democratic process by stripping all Americans of their ability to debate and decide marriage policy.

What’s more, by throwing out the time-tested definition of marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, the Court has said that children don’t deserve the best opportunity to be raised by their mom and dad.

This isn’t the first time the Supreme Court has overstepped its role, and just like before, this will not be the final word on this issue. The U.S. Constitution is absolutely silent on the definition of marriage which makes it all the more egregious for five justices to brush aside the votes of tens of millions of voters throughout the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court can never change the fundamental truth that the lifelong union of one man and one woman is at the foundation of a strong state and nation. Center for Arizona Policy is committed to seeing this essential union strengthened and reaffirmed to secure a better future for generations to come.”

For more information, contact Aaron Baer, 330.219.1792 or abaer@azpolicy.org.

Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. For more information, visit azpolicy.org.


Marriage primer: The 5 things you should know before the court rules

Friday, June 19, 2015

Within the next two weeks we will be getting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the voters have the right to set marriage policy for their state. No matter the outcome, this decision will have broad implications for the future of families in our state and nation.

As we prepare for the Court’s decision, here are a few things you should know:

1) Nothing in the U.S. Constitution mandates the redefinition of marriage. In fact, the Constitution is completely silent on this issue. This means that this is a question for the states to decide. 

2) Nine unelected justices have no more insight into marriage than the voters. What proponents of same-sex marriage are asking the court to do is settle a policy debate going on in the states, schools, and households throughout the nation. This debate centers on the meaning and purpose of marriage. Does it matter for kids to have a mom and a dad? Does the state have an interest in providing benefits to couples based on their affections for each other?

These are important questions, but not questions that the nine unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are any more qualified to answer than the tens of millions of voters that said marriage should be between only one man and one woman.

3) The Supreme Court historically has done a poor job of settling cultural debates. In 1973, the Supreme Court thought it was putting an end to the abortion debate when it mandated legal abortion for any reason, at any stage of a pregnancy in all 50 states. Yet more than 40 years later, this is still one of the most controversial issues of our day.

4) How they rule is almost as important as what they rule. Depending how they rule, the Court’s decision could dramatically impact the religious freedom of all Americans. If they say that all 50 states must redefine marriage, it is crucial they do not force people of faith to participate or celebrate same-sex marriage through their ruling.

5) This will not be the final word on marriage. Center for Arizona Policy will not stop advocating for strong families and the essential lifelong union of one man and one woman. Even if we win at the court and same-sex marriage is not mandated for America, there is still much work to be done to create a stronger marriage culture in our state and nation. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Free speech wins at the Supreme Court! Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Gilbert Church won a crucial free speech case this week. 

  • State agrees to temporary pause on Abortion Pill Reversal law. Arizona has agreed to put a temporary hold on the implementation of the CAP-supported law that requires women considering an abortion to be informed about the Abortion Pill Reversal. This will allow the state to present a better defense against Planned Parenthood’s frivolous lawsuit. 

Front page news

Friday, June 12, 2015

You may have missed it this week, but across the country there were a number of great developments worthy of front page news for life and religious freedom:

Michigan protects faith-based adoption agencies

Like Arizona, Michigan has a number of faith-based adoption agencies that help thousands of children in the foster care and adoption system find a forever home. These adoption agencies are driven to love their neighbor and community out of their love for Christ.

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers forcing the redefinition of marriage upon all 50 states, it’s essential that the government does not force faith-based ministries to surrender their religious beliefs about marriage. 

That’s why this week, Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan signed a law that said the state cannot discriminate against or penalize a faith-based adoption agency for declining to place children in same-sex households because of its religious convictions.

As Gov. Snyder said “The state has made significant progress in finding more forever homes for Michigan kids in recent years and that wouldn't be possible without the public-private partnerships that facilitate the adoption process."

Life wins in Court in Texas
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law that resembles Arizona’s Mother’s Health and Safety Act, passed in 2012.

The law requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies.

Sens. McCain and Flake Co-Sponsor 20 Week Prohibition on Abortion
Both of Arizona’s U.S. Senators signed onto the Federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks. This bill passed out of the House in May by a vote of 242-184.

Not “Junk Science,” but New Science
Dr. George Delgado, the physician who developed the life-saving Abortion Pill Reversal protocol, visited Phoenix this week to train medical professionals on this procedure. In a powerful display of the impact of the Abortion Pill Reversal, one young woman attended the event with her baby that is with us today because of this protocol.

Click the link above to see a life that has been spared thanks to Dr. Delgado’s work, proving that Abortion Pill Reversal isn’t “junk science” like Planned Parenthood says, it’s simply new science. 

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