A Time As This
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Two Major Victories, Years in the Making
Where were you on the morning of June 24, 2022?
The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) team was enroute to the office, anticipating—praying for a victory when finally, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs . . . Roe v. Wade had fallen.
To say there was rejoicing in CAP’s office that day would be a major understatement. The prayers of CAP team members and those of tens of millions across the nation had been answered—the Supreme Court finally reversed its most immoral and destructive decision, and rejoicing was in order.
Each team member also knew that when this day came, it would be the beginning of a new stage in the fight for life, not its end. Court battles erupted before the ink had dried on Dobbs, culminating in a Pima County Judge ruling in late September that Arizona’s pre-Roe law protecting life from conception could be enforced. Days later, the appellate court halted enforcement until it issues an opinion.
And so it goes. While the expected legal backand-forth plays out, there is much to do. CAP and others of goodwill must make sure Arizona’s pro-life pregnancy centers have all the resources—including state funding—they need to serve vulnerable moms and babies. CAP will work with the legislature to shore up Arizona’s pro-life laws and continue defending life in the public square. And CAP and all Arizonans need to continue praying and working to end the evil of abortion wherever it persists.
“Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled. . .”
Dobbs v. Jackson
With the enactment of HB 2853, Arizona has set the gold standard in educational freedom for children and their families. All Arizona students are eligible to apply for an Empowerment Scholarship
Account (ESA) to receive funding for educational options like private school or homeschool supplies and curriculum.
Parents in Arizona have made it clear that they, not bureaucrats, retain the authority to determine how their children can best thrive in an educational setting. This bill unleashed prospects for students struggling in their current public schools and gives hope to families looking for options for their children.
More than a decade ago, the Goldwater Institute, Center for Arizona Policy, and other school choice allies collaborated to create ESAs. The new law, sponsored by Rep. Ben Toma and supported by lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey who stood up courageously against intense pressure, gives more than one million students the chance to join the ESA program.
Proyecto por la
Familia de Arizona
CAP launched Proyecto por la Familia de Arizona to link arms with our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters and work together to create a positive generational impact in Arizona.
Under the direction of Pastor Macario De La Cruz Jr., Proyecto produces fact sheets, podcasts, and translates the AZ Voter Guide, reaching audiences through weekly emails, social media, television, and radio.
First Year Impact
- 16 meetings with pastor associations
- 7 conference speeches, reaching over 1,900 people
- 100+ pastors and their communities added to our email list
- Hosted 5 events
"We thank God for people like Macario de La Cruz and Cathi Herrod, and for the continuous support they offer to Hispanic pastors in our wonderful state of Arizona."
– Pastor Edwin Mendoza
"The Hispanic/Latino community is blessed by the work that Proyecto por la Familia de Arizona is doing in support of our families, faith, and cultural values by informing us and representing our voices when it comes to our religious freedom."
– Mike Alameda, Executive Director of
The Arizona Capitol Project (ACP) connects pastors to government leaders, as bearers of God’s image, in order to encourage them in their work.
- 75+ meetings with 60+ different legislators in 2022, split evenly between parties.
- Five meetings included tours of Christian service ministries in the legislator’s district.
- 80+ pastors committed to meeting with their church’s legislator in 2023.
- Promoted solutions to homelessness: Three churches have begun the process of building affordable housing on campus. Seven more are discerning the possibility.
- Foster Care and Adoption: ACP is in discussions to facilitate cooperation between state agencies and local churches in growing participation in these vital services.
Joe Dalfonso, Assistant Director, Arizona Capitol Project & Pastor Paul Johnson, The Gathering Place Church.