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  1. 42 years and 56 million lives later Emily Charles 23-Jan-2015
  2. Extremely hostile Emily Charles 16-Jan-2015
  3. Glendale Rises Emily Charles 09-Jan-2015
  4. Starting the Year Off Right Emily Charles 06-Jan-2015
  5. The Latest Emily Charles 19-Dec-2014

Action Alerts

  1. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 04-Nov-2014
  2. Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 29-Oct-2014
  3. It's Time to Vote! Emily Charles 26-Aug-2014
  4. ACTION ALERT: Mail in your early ballot TODAY! Emily Charles 19-Aug-2014
  5. ACTION ALERT: In Tempe, vote No on Prop 475 Emily Charles 14-Aug-2014

Breaking News

  1. How did they vote? Emily Charles 13-May-2014
  2. Find the Facts: CAP Reboots The Policy Pages with Interactive Website Aaron Baer 29-Jan-2014
  3. BREAKING NEWS: New AZ Abortion Clinic Regulations Released Today Info AZ Policy 27-Jan-2014
  4. Mother’s Health & Safety at Risk: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Critical Law Aaron Baer 13-Jan-2014
  5. BREAKING NEWS: Senators McCain & Flake Break Their Promise to Arizona Voters Info AZ Policy 07-Nov-2013

42 years and 56 million lives later

Friday, January 23, 2015

Once again the anniversary of Roe v Wade has come and passed. This U.S. Supreme Court decision from January 22, 1973 legalized abortion in America. Since that date, more than 56 million lives have been lost to abortion. 

In many ways, we’ve come so far since our nation’s high court issued this terrible decree. 

I was reminded of this yesterday when I was joined by 60 pro-life students at the state legislature for our first Pro-life Student Lobby Day. These students came down to the Capitol to show their support for life, and to learn how they can have their voice heard in the political process.

I also see the signs of progress when I look at all the common sense pro-life laws we’ve been able to pass in recent years.

Yet there is still a ways to go before every innocent life and woman is protected from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.

Unfortunately, the tough fight ahead was once again made clear in Washington D.C. this week. Congressional leadership had been making plans to pass H.R. 36 yesterday – the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Sponsored by Arizona’s own Rep. Trent Franks, this law mirrored Arizona’s Mother’s Health and Safety Act by prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks (sadly, our state’s law has been blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). 

The stage was set for the important bill to pass out of Congress. Not only do pro-lifers supposedly hold a pro-life majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the House had passed the same bill last year. What’s more, this bill was to be passed right as pro-lifers from across the nation descended on D.C. for the annual March for Life. 

Yet once again, politics came before principle, and the bill was derailed at the last minute after two Republican Congresswomen flipped on the bill and led a revolt against the vote. These very same women voted for the bill the year before, but now blocked this important legislation. 

I think Dr. Russell Moore said it best when he said "I am disgusted by this act of moral cowardice. If the House Republicans cannot pass something as basic as restricting the abortion of five-month, pain-capable unborn children, what can they get done?"

It is no longer good enough for our elected officials in Washington D.C. to pay lip service to the pro-life community, and then shrink back when it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Lives are being lost. Women are being harmed. And it’s been 42 long years. 

While I share in the frustration of pro-lifers across the country, our resolve to protect life cannot waiver. Until the day this terrible decision is overturned, we will not rest. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Join CAP at the Capitol! Mark your calendars now for February 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We’ll have a visit from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, provide you tours of the legislature and more! 
  • The fired Fire Chief. Alliance Defending Freedom has more on the Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired for writing a devotional with a Biblical stand on sexuality. 

Extremely hostile

Friday, January 16, 2015

If there’s one thing you read this week, it has to be this article in the Washington Post from a Phoenix area abortion doctor.

Gabrielle Goodrick has run a private abortion clinic in the Valley since 1999. She penned this article for the Washington Post to explain what it’s been like as the state has passed a number of regulations on the abortion industry.

CAP supported and even drafted these laws to ensure abortion clinics were held to common sense health and safety standards, and were providing women with all the information women deserve on pregnancy and abortion. The laws passed because Arizona citizens rose up and elected pro-life legislators to pass the laws and a Governor – Jan Brewer – to sign the laws.

For the pro-life community, Goodrick’s article is both encouraging and deeply disturbing.

What I find encouraging is that CAP-supported laws are having an impact.

In the article, Goodrick recounts what it was like for her performing abortions in Arizona prior to our state passing these pro-life laws:

“…One of my family practice patients had an unplanned pregnancy. I told her, ‘if you want to come back in two days, we can do it, like any other medical thing.’ So she went home, we did a couple of consent forms, and that was it. Then I started getting referrals.

Literally I needed a pulse oximeter to monitor their vitals, a vacuum machine and staff and a recovery room, and the knowledge and skills to do it.

That could never happen now. You have to be a licensed abortion clinic, and have inspections, and all kinds of things that didn’t exist in the year 2000.”

It’s untenable that clinics like Goodrick’s didn’t have to be inspected or licensed before performing abortions. Yet thankfully today, they are held to these basic standards.

What is also good to see is that because of common sense laws like these, clinics are shutting down. Goodrick writes:

“Even in the last 4 years, we’ve lost a lot of clinics. There’s 3 Planned Parenthood locations that do medical abortions and surgery. But really in terms of private clinics there are maybe 4 or 5. Texas has a lot of press, but we have no rural providers at all.”

But as I said, there are aspects of Goodrick’s piece that are deeply upsetting.

Throughout the piece, there is an overall sense of how casually Goodrick approaches the issue, that this is a procedure that is just a “medical thing,” instead of a life-altering (and ending) decision. 

It’s this casual view of abortion that leads to more than 13,000 abortions per year in Arizona.

January 22 is the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade – the U.S. Supreme Court Case that legalized abortion in America. Goodrick’s article and these 13,000 lost lives are a reminder of what we’re facing, how far we’ve come, and what we still need to get done.

This week, take time to re-assess how you can make a difference in the fight to build a culture of life that protects both preborn children and their parents. Consider helping out your local pregnancy resource center. Pray for those working in the abortion industry. Send a note to your elected officials encouraging them to support pro-life measures. 

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Glendale Rises

Friday, January 09, 2015

ICYMI: The Arizona Republic recently published a number of editorials claiming “most” CAP-supported pro-life provisions passed by the state recently have been overturned by the courts. I wrote an editorial that ran in the paper on Thursday setting the record straight. You can read it here

Glendale rises

When five Houston pastors had their sermons subpoenaed after speaking out against an overreaching ordinance that severely threatened religious freedom, clergy across the nation began to recognize what is at stake.

Not only are businesses at risk of being penalized or shut down for holding to their religious beliefs, but the fundamental freedoms of churches and pastors are on the line.

It’s in this context that I’ve been blessed to see church leaders throughout the town of Glendale rise up to speak out against a so-called “non-discrimination” ordinance in their town.

Prior to Christmas, some members of the Glendale City Council made it clear their goal was to pass one of these ordinances before the Super Bowl. Yet after an outcry from the people of Glendale and local pastors, this process has been greatly slowed down.

Pastor John Kelley of Calvary Community Church spoke at a Council meeting in December and urged the Council to not hastily pass the measure, and truly hear from the community.

“The city has historically made decisions quickly that we’ve regretted. I plead with the council to not hurry but to listen. It will have a tremendous impact on people of faith as well as the rest of the citizens,” Pastor Kelley said. “Please, listen to us and seek our voice in this decision.”

Then just this week, more than 50 pastors and church leaders from Glendale showed up at the Council to urge them not to pass one of these ordinances.  


The pastors let their concerns be known about the need to pass an ordinance, when there has been no record of discrimination of any kind in the city.

The fact that the Council slowed down this process is a welcome move and even a step towards victory, but this issue is far from over.

If you live in Glendale, make sure your voice is heard by sending an email or making a call to the Council, asking them not to pass a needless ordinance that could have chilling consequences. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Join us for the Prayer Walk! For a number of years now, we’ve kicked off the legislative session with our Capitol Prayer Walk. Along with Bridgebuilders, we’ll cover the state Capitol and our elected leaders in prayer. Be there this Monday, January 12 at 7 a.m. We’re meeting at the flag pole at the Capitol Mall – remember, dress warm!
  • Glendale Residents Rally. Read ADF’s statement on the residents of Glendale rallying to oppose needless “non-discrimination” ordinances that threaten religious freedom and put unnecessary regulations on businesses. 

Starting the Year Off Right

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

It is with a deeply grateful heart that I report we have made our 2014 budget!   

First and foremost, the CAP team and I are thankful to God for blessing our work throughout these 20 years – and especially last year. I also want to thank all of those families who sacrificially give to our mission. Know we are committed to being wise stewards and passionate advocates for life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. Know that we are energized and ready for 2015!

Today, I begin my 19th year at CAP and 10th year as CAP President. I am blessed, awed, and humbled that God would call me to this work and provide as He has done for so many years. As always, I take most seriously my role in representing our values in the public policy arena and stewarding the funds entrusted to us in a God-honoring and wise manner. Know that I am deeply grateful for so many of you who have stood with us not only in financial support but most of all with your prayers and active participation.

Plan now to join us at two big events in January. Be on the lookout for more event announcements in the weeks to come:

  • January 12: On the Opening Day of the 2015 Legislative Session, join CAP from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for a Prayer Walk at the Arizona state Capitol. It is a privilege to gather and pray for our elected officials. More information can be found here
  • January 22: On the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade, college and high school students are invited to join CAP and the Arizona Life Coalition at the Arizona Pro-Life Student Lobby Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Students will get a private tour of the state Capitol, hear from pro-life elected leaders, and learn how they can make a difference to protect life. Click here for more information and to register.

What makes it all worthwhile   
Let’s kick off the New Year with a great success story on why this work matters.

In 2013, CAP worked on legislation (HB 2645) that became law to clarify that church-run schools and preschools are exempt from unemployment tax. This had been the case prior to 2011 until the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) changed its interpretation and tried to impose this tax on church-run schools.

One of the schools DES sought to tax – to the tune of a $25,000 tax bill – was Above and Beyond Child Care located in Surprise, Arizona.

When we received word of this changed interpretation, we quickly worked to clarify the law through HB 2645, which Governor Brewer signed in June of that year.

Thankfully, on December 23, a state appeals board reversed the entire tax bill levied against the preschool, in part due to the CAP-supported HB 2645. Absent the new statute and the ruling being reversed, the school and potentially others faced having to close their door because of the financial burden. 

A special thanks is also due to Alliance Defending Freedom and local attorney Wallace Larson for their help defending the preschool against this wrongly-assessed tax.

Happy New Year!
Finally, we want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. We are so excited for what lies ahead in 2015. As we focus on Reclaiming Hope for CAP’s 20th anniversary year, we will continue to keep you updated.

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The Latest

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mary Did You Know?

As we approach Christmas week, I hope you will enjoy this recording of one of my very favorite Christmas songs. May you and your family contemplate the meaning of the baby Jesus this next week and what Mary and Joseph must have experienced.


The Latest

Take a few moments to read these important articles, and enjoy a blessed Christmas.

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Abortion Drug Case. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear Arizona's FDA protocol abortion case. The law would have made abortion clinics distribute the abortion pill in line with FDA protocol, only giving it up to 7 weeks of pregnancy instead of 9. After U.S. District Judge Bury upheld the Arizona law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against its enforcement. It is important to note two key facts: 1) the case is not over and now goes back to the lower court for a trial on the merits; and, 2) nearly identical Texas and Ohio laws have been upheld by the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals respectively. 

Gilbert Will Not Redact Abortion Information in Textbook. The Gilbert Public Schools governing board has decided it will not edit biology textbooks to remove information on abortion and comply with Arizona law to give preference to childbirth and adoption.

Divorce Rates May Not Be as High as You Think. Read the newest statistics on divorce and learn why we need to rebuild the culture of marriage.

Why the Abortion Rate Is the Lowest It’s been Since 1973. The latest numbers from the CDC show that the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since Roe v. Wade in 1973. This encouraging news also reveals why it is important to continue to enact laws that protect preborn children and their mothers.

Marquette University Suspends Professor for Views. A Professor at Marquette University has been suspended for writing a blog criticizing a philosophy instructor for not allowing classroom debate on same-sex marriage.

Capitol Prayer Walk. Begin the New Year by joining CAP for a Prayer Walk! Center for Arizona Policy will meet at the Arizona state Capitol on the Opening Day of the Legislative Session to pray for the legislators and the session. 

Not what it seems

Friday, December 12, 2014

With 2014 coming to a close, I wanted to give you a quick update on where CAP is financially.

As of today, we still need to raise about 15% of our annual budget before the year ends. I cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is that we are able to meet our 2014 budget. Please help us enter 2015 in a strong position by making your year-end donation today by clicking here

Not what it seems

Not everything is what it seems – especially in public policy.

Too often we see seemingly harmless legislation backed by people that could be well intentioned have disastrous consequences if passed. 

Perhaps the best examples of this today are so-called “ENDA” (Employment Non-Discrimination Acts) or “SOGI” (Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity) ordinances – laws that create special protections for people based on their sexual behavior. 

The ordinances claim to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Or they are said to be in response to an epidemic of people being fired for being gay. 

Yet as we’ve seen, these laws eventually are used to stifle speech and prosecute families, business owners, and even pastors that believe in the Bible’s sexual ethic – especially when it comes to marriage. 

What’s more, the underlying premise of the ordinances – that our nation has a rampant problem of discrimination against the LGBT community – is verifiably false. 

You may remember the fight over Phoenix’s “Bathroom Bill” that was passed close to two years ago. That law, like many of the others throughout the country, would allow a man who identifies as a woman to have absolute access to the woman’s restroom and locker room in public accommodations. 

CAP opposed the law. One of our key arguments against it was that there was no need. Last year, there were only four complaints in the city filed under this law, and all four were dismissed

Or in other words, we don’t have a problem.

On the other hand, we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of the problems these laws create. For instance, in Maine a public school district was ordered to pay a young boy who identifies as a girl $75,000 because the student had to use the teachers restroom after other students complained. You can read more about the harmful effects of these laws in our Policy Pages

Or the infamous “Houston 5” scenario where these laws led to five pastors having their sermons subpoenaed by the city.

As the negative consequences of these laws begin to be revealed, more and more cities are rejecting them. The voters of Fayetteville, Arkansas recently overturned their city council’s passage of one of these laws. 

Similarly, the City Council in Beckley, West Virginia voted against the law. And right here in Arizona, Fountain Hills decided not to take up this issue, despite the pressure from national LGBT organizations. 

It’s clear that there are few issues as controversial and as emotionally charged as these laws. That’s why it’s vital to approach them with sensitivity. Yet the chilling effect these laws have on communities, families, and our religious freedom cannot be ignored.

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

Ignorant and Harmful

Friday, December 05, 2014

We address and confront some of the most controversial and difficult issues facing our culture today at Center for Arizona Policy. As I recently explained to Lin Sue Cooney at 12 News, my heart is to always approach these topics understanding that they impact real lives, and recognizing that while we stand on truth, we want to do so with the utmost grace. 

It is in this context that I was shocked and dismayed to see a Tempe pastor call for gays and lesbians to be killed. The pastor manipulated and cherry picked passages out of Scripture to make his deranged case for such an atrocity.

I do not know a single pastor – or a single Christian for that matter – that would agree with this extreme view. Naturally, some may ask why I would even draw attention to an ignorant comment that is such an anomaly in Christian culture.

But ultimately I could not be silent on this incident because not only did this pastor promote dangerous and harmful acts, but he distorted and twisted the words of the same Bible I and millions of other Arizonans turn to while doing so.

This cannot go unanswered.

CAP is a Christian organization. While we advocate for public policy based on the latest scientific research and data, we come from a biblical worldview. This Tempe pastor undermines the true, loving, and noble intentions of millions of Arizonans who believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman, and still love their gay neighbor.

For the vast majority of the people that stand for Biblical marriage, disagreement with gays and lesbians on this one issue does not mean we do not love, respect, or value them.

And while this one church may not welcome gays and lesbians in their doors, there are hundreds more that are thirsting for all to enter, in full acknowledgement that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that we are called to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of [our] minds.”

My hope is that you will join me in not tolerating such lies being professed in the name of the Lord, but instead, recommit yourself to advocating for God’s truth in love and mercy. 

The Latest from AZPolicyPages.com

  • Loving my (LGBT) Neighbor. At the recent Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Summit in Nashville, Glenn Stanton from Focus on the Family discussed how we can better love our LGBT neighbors.
  • Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Perhaps one of the most important voices today on the issue of homosexuality is Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian and college professor who came to Christ. Watch her interview while at the ERLC Summit.
  • What if SB 1062 would have been signed into law? State Senator Nancy Barto debunks some of the myths surrounding the CAP-supported SB 1062, and explains why greater religious freedom protections are needed for our state. 

Showing Gratitude - Tax Credit Donations

Friday, November 21, 2014

One way all Arizonans can show gratitude for the freedoms we have in our state this Thanksgiving and Christmas season is through Arizona’s tremendous tax credit programs. We have the privilege of directing our tax dollars to help pregnancy centers save lives of women and children, to help faith-based agencies meet the needs of foster children, and to help parents choose the education best meeting their children’s needs.

Tax Credit Donations are Arizona’s best known secret! By participating in these programs, you can take part in changing lives and children’s futures, while getting a dollar for dollar tax credit.

Check out this short video to find out more about how you can make a difference through the different tax credit programs in our state. Go to TaxCreditsInAZ.com to learn more. 

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Election Reflections

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another election has come and passed. Be encouraged as I am about the outcome. 

Here’s what we learned two Tuesdays ago:

Arizona is pro-life and pro-family 
For the fourth straight election, Arizonans elected a pro-life, pro-family legislature! The efforts by Planned Parenthood and others to elect candidates based on their pro-abortion and marriage redefinition views failed. In Arizona, the pro-life position will have bi-partisan support. 

Most significantly, for the second straight midterm election, the candidates in the General Election who either professed or leaned toward pro-life and pro-family positions swept every statewide office.

There is no denying what this says about our state. Over the last six years, by God’s grace and mercy, Center for Arizona Policy has experienced some of our greatest successes advancing legislation to protect life, promote school choice, advance parental rights, build up marriage and family, and defend fundamental freedoms. 

Some in our state like to say that CAP has some special sway over the legislature that has led to these victories. Yet here’s the true secret to our success: we represent issues that matter to the voters. Those voters elect representatives who are pro-life and pro-family. If there weren’t elected officials willing to vote for CAP-supported legislation, the 130 CAP-supported bills that are now law would never have happened. 

Voters rejected the SB 1062 hype
The misinformation campaign surrounding the CAP-supported SB 1062 that would have protected the right of every Arizonan to live and work according to their faith was a tremendous tragedy.

Following that legislation’s veto, there were many who said there would be consequences for that bill passing out of the legislature. 

Yet every candidate in the General Election who voted for SB 1062 won his or her race. 

This tells me that not only have the voters rejected the hype over this bill, but since the Hobby Lobby case and the Houston 5 situation, more and more people are starting to recognize the need to ensure no one is punished or persecuted merely for holding fast to their religious beliefs. This also tells me that voters still care tremendously about basic freedoms guaranteed by our United States Constitution.

You made the difference
Both in the Primary and General Election, races were decided by the tiniest of margins. 

For example, currently the Congressional District 2 race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally is heading to a recount – McSally is up by a mere 161 votes.

There’s no denying it: truly one person can make a difference in the elections. 

I want to thank all the churches, pastors, and other friends that partnered with CAP to promote being informed and voting your values this election cycle.  

There is great hope for our state going forward after this election, and I look forward to seeing what we can do together for our families.

Take time to pray for our newly elected officials. The state government is undergoing a significant transition – pray for wisdom for those putting together staffs and setting agendas.

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It's Time to Vote!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Today is the Arizona General Election – and the polls are open until 7 p.m. across the state.
Midterm General Elections typically have a low voter turnout, making every vote even more critical. Don’t let your voice be silenced! Make sure you are informed and head to the polls.

Before you head to the polls, make sure you get your Voter Guide at azvoterguide.com. For the first time ever this year, we've also provided answers for candidates that declined to respond to the survey for all statewide and federal races!

Along with candidate surveys, at azvoterguide.com you can also get your personalized Voter Guideto see only the candidates that will be on your ballot.

In order for your vote to be counted – ballots must be received by TODAY. That means if you still have your mail-in ballot, you should NOT drop it in the mail. Instead, drop it off at any polling location


  • Go to azvoterguide.com and access your personalized Voter Guide.
  • Go to the polls to vote. Remember polls close at 7 p.m. Find your polling place here.
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Don’t let your voice be silenced! Make sure your vote counts by dropping off your ballot and voting today!

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