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Hijacked Arizona State Legislature Bends to Religionists

Narrow Religious Ideology Wins Big...
Everyone Else Loses

April 17, 2012 -- Last week was a disappointing one in Arizona politics, with secularism taking a major hit and real Arizonans facing damaging new laws as a result. As the legislative season comes to a close, we anticipate a continuous onslaught of anti-secular bills coming up for last-minute votes or for the Governor's signature. Secular Coalition for Arizona will be working hard to make sure you get up-to-date information and opportunities to voice your concerns to your legislators about specific bills. We appreciate how hard you have all been working to respond to the Religious Right's eleventh-hour sneak-attacks on our rights; please continue to help us get our secular message to elected officials through these last critical days.

The State of Secularism in Arizona

Bills Still Requiring Action

SB1359 - The Wrongful Birth bill allowing doctors to lie to pregnant patients was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

HB2563 - This Bible Curriculum bill was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

SB1365 - Free Exercise of Religion, a refusal and discrimination clause, has passed both houses, but in different versions. The two versions must be reconciled and before a final vote.

HB2625 - Healthcare Coverage and Religious Beliefs, another religious privilege/refusal clause, has passed both houses, but in differing versions, so it will now go to a conference committee and concurrence vote.

HB2800 - Public Funding of Family Planning, defunding health clinics that also provide abortions, has passed the House and is awaiting a third read and vote in the State Senate; we must email the Senate and ask them to vote against HB2800.

HB2774 - The Religious Property Tax Exemption bill passed both houses, but in differing versions, so it will now go to a conference committee and concurrence vote. 

Bills Resolved This Past Week

HB2036 - This extreme abortion bill, directly compromising science-based medicine in our state, was signed into law by Governor Brewer on April 12.

SB1009 - This bill, requiring public schools to teach childbirth and adoption as preferable to abortion, was signed into law by Governor Brewer on April 12.

HB2626 - The Empowerment Accounts bill that would have used public money to directly fund religious education was VETOED by the governor last week.

Help Us Continue to Fight for Secularism!

Secular Coalition for Arizona is able to bring your voice to our legislators because of the generous financial support of Arizonan nontheists like you! Please consider a donation to SC Arizona TODAY and help us continue to lobby for YOU at the Capitol!

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