I know we have asked a lot of you during this legislative session and you have taken action in a big way! You have sent more than 8,000 emails to lawmakers asking them to protect access to women’s health, and your time and efforts have paid off. HB2625, the Birth Control Discrimination Bill, has not moved forward and we have you to thank!
Now it is time to kill HB2036 — the bill that would make Arizona the state with the most extreme abortion ban in the nation. HB2036 will be heard in the House of Representatives very soon. This bill threatens doctors with criminal and civil penalties, forces women to continue pregnancies that are incompatible with life, and could delay cancer treatment for pregnant women. Continue reading
Activists gathered at the Arizona Capitol to send the message to state legislators: Women Are Watching.
The sky was blue and the T-shirts were pink on January 9, the opening day of the 2012 Arizona State Legislature in Phoenix. More than 350 pro-choice women and men gathered in the rose garden between the House and Senate buildings to make sure Arizona legislators got the message that “Women Are Watching” and we will all be keeping track of the legislation they are putting forward, which will affect women’s access to abortion, health care, and birth control.
The legislators couldn’t get to their offices without walking through our exuberant group and being made aware that pro-choice supporters were putting them on notice.
I joined the contingency of supporters who “got on the bus” in Tucson and rode up I-10 to lend our voices and presence to those gathering at the Arizona Capitol. When we arrived and made our way through the crowd to the check-in table, I was happy to see how many people had showed up. What made me feel so hopeful was the wide representation of people: women and men, boomers and seniors, college students, and people from across the spectrum of races and cultures. Pro-choice voters from Planned Parenthood Arizona, Arizona List (thank you for the bus ride!), NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, National Organization for Women, Arizona Women’s Political Caucus, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Business and Professional Women of Arizona all joined their considerable forces.
On the check-in table there were buttons, stickers, brochures, and important information sheets that listed the names, legislative districts, and office phone numbers of legislators who need to be contacted by phone or email and told that we will hold them accountable for legislation that wages war on women. Continue reading