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HB2565: Statement by Secular Coalition for Arizona

Secular Coalition for Arizona
Testimony of Zenaido Quintana, Chair
Before Senate Judiciary Committee
On HB 2565, Manslaughter Definition Expansion

Thank you. Mr. Chairman and distinguished Committee members
I am Zenaido Quintana, and I am here in the capacity of Chair of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak in opposition to HB 2565, the proposed change to Section 13-1103 A.3.

This provision that extends the penalties of manslaughter to individuals who knowingly provide the physical means of committing suicide to another will add an additional cruel burden to those who seek to end the suffering of a loved one facing a tortuous death.

One hallmark of an ethical society is the option to choose a compassionate and dignified end to one’s own suffering.
If your parent, spouse, child or dear friend were in the throes of a painful and agonizing certain death, such as is common with any number of terminal diseases or physical injuries, how many of you could resist their anguished pleas to help them put an end to their torment?  Unfortunately, it isn’t until one is faced with this situation personally that the inhumanity of this provision becomes apparent.

It would be far better to craft legislation that would permit citizens of Arizona to get relief from an agonizing end through their licensed physician than to continue to try to criminalize every avenue for a caring loved one to provide relief.

The abuses that were predicted for permitting terminally ill individuals from receiving help in dying have simply not materialized in the 20 years that people have been permitted to choose this option in Oregon, three other states have wisely chosen to follow Oregon’s lead.

Action Alerts! Please Act Now!

This is the last week where House bills will be heard in Senate committees, and Senate bills heard in House committees.  As such, we have several bills that will be heard this week.  

Thank you for taking action on all of the ACTION ALERTS listed here. 

Using Public Funds to Subsidize Religious Education

Secular Coalition for Arizona Official Request for Gov. Brewer to Veto SB1062

View the original veto request here.

 
The Honorable Janice Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Ask Governor Brewer to Veto State-Sanctioned Religious Discrimination

Take Action Today

The Arizona Sate House and Senate passed concurrent bills (HB2153/SB1062) this week that will codify religious discrimination into law.

Discrimination Bill is Moving Quickly - Please Contact Lawmakers TODAY

Please send a message to the 60 members of the Arizona House of Representatives today. HB2153, the discrimination bill, will be heard on the House Floor at 1:30pm. We've made it easy to contact your lawmakers:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50691/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13150

Secular Day at the Capitol

Join the Secular Community at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, February 18, at 12:30PM.

Address: 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix

We will have a tour of the Arizona House of Representatives and we will be introduced to the Arizona House of Representative Members during the House Floor Session.

Please join us in solidarity to show the Arizona Legislature that we are a strong, unified voice for Arizona's Secular Community.

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Weekly Update from the Secular Coalition for Arizona 2-7-14

Rep. Ruben Gallego Gives Secular "Prayer" on AZ House Floor
Representative Ruben Gallego took a personal point of privilege to deliver the following statement on the House Floor yesterday (February 6, 2014):
The purpose of our opening prayer is to ask for something important. I’m asking that whichever God you pray to or whichever value system inspires you, let’s stay focused on the work we came here to do.  

There are a lot of versions of the Golden Rule in a lot of religions and secular traditions. They all say we should treat people like we want to be treated.

Arizonans and their families want to be treated like their state government is here for them. They want to know we’re going to fight for them. That we’re making Arizona a place of prosperity and opportunities. Let’s practice the Golden Rule today and get to work.
Representative Mach welcomed Secular Students and Secularists to Arizona House of Representatives
During the same floor session that Rep. Gallego made the personal point of privilege, Rep. Mach welcomed and introduced her guests from the Secular Student Alliance and the Secular Coalition.  Thank you to Representative Mach for the warm welcome!

Join us for Secular Day at the Capitol!

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Secularists Laud Win for AZ Women

Secularists Laud Win for Women’s Healthcare
Phoenix, AZ -  The following statement was issued today by Zenaido Quintana, Chair of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne.

“We applaud and appreciate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne, thus letting the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stand.  

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Register for our web-based Legislative Advocacy Training (1/24, 12PM)

Here's to Another Legislative Session!

Arizona's Fifty-First Legislature begins its Second Regular Session on Monday, January 13, 2014.  We're ready - Are you?

Register for the Secular Coalition for Arizona "Legislative Training" here

 
Did you know that you can sign up to comment on bills from home using the "Request to Speak" system on the Arizona State Legislature website? 

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Secularism Advances in Arizona!

Arizona’s secularists have reason (and now, reasons) to celebrate. For the first time ever, we defeated a stunning 80 percent of the bills backed by the Religious Right’s lobby, the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), widely considered one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the state. This confirms that when we organize, and articulate sensible views supporting church-state separation, we can win.

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