Editor’s Note: To learn about Planned Parenthood Arizona’s involvement with sex education curricula at Tempe Union High School District, please read this Q&A with Jodi Liggett, PPAZ’s director of public policy.
Planed Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed David Schapira for State Senate in Legislative District 17. District 17, which covers a large portion of Tempe and a portion of South Scottsdale, is being labeled a “swing district” and thus, voter turn-out and support for David Schapira is critical.
A native Arizonan and state legislator since 2006, David Schapira is a former high school teacher and current member of the Political Science faculty at ASU. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he serves as the owner of DevilDash.com, a care package delivery service that caters to area college students.
A student of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, Schapira received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2001. He previously served as an aide to Senator Tom Daschle and campaign manager for Terry Goddard’s 2002 run for Arizona Attorney General.
Passionate about the education of Arizona’s students, he has served for the last two years as the ranking member of the House Education Committee and sponsored HB 2361, a bill that would require all schools to provide medically accurate and comprehensive sex education.
With a strong pro-choice voting record, David Schapira has also worked tirelessly to prevent the reproductive rights of women from being diminished.
With concern for the health and privacy of young women, he opposed SB 1309, a bill requiring written parental consent for minor’s obtaining prescriptions and disallowing minors to seek examinations and medical care for an STD without parental consent.
David Schapira has also advocated for the privacy of women seeking abortions by opposing SB 1304, a bill that mandates the recording and reporting of information on individual abortions and the circumstances surrounding them.
David has been recognized as a top legislator by the Arizona Student Association, American Cancer Society (David is a cancer survivor), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was also named one of five “Emerging Leaders Worth Watching” by The Arizona Republic.