TradCaths are Having a Moment: Lauren Horn Griffin

Join us on July 19 at noon for a conversation with Dr. Lauren Horn Griffin, PhD. Dr. Griffin is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. Her research and teaching focus on religion, politics, media, and technology.

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Dr Griffin writes for Religious Dispatches; her focus areas include the TradCath – or traditionalist Catholic – movement and the part it plays in Christian nationalism.


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Athena Salman of Reproductive Freedom For All

Join us on June 14 at noon (PST) for special guest Athena Salman, Arizona Campaign Director for Reproductive Freedom for All. She’ll talk about the current (lack of) reproductive rights in Arizona, the abortion ban, the AZ Abortion Access act and more.

Click here to watch on Secular AZ’s YouTube channel.  

Athena Salman came to Reproductive Freedom for All from the Arizona House of Representatives, where she was a fierce advocate for access to reproductive health care, including abortion, since she was first elected in 2016. In 2023, she established the Arizona Repro Table, a coalition of partners in Arizona working together to protect and advance reproductive rights. Athena was honored as a Secular AZ “Secular Star Lawmaker” many times.

“A Profound Violation”: Secular AZ’s Legal Director on the Arizona 1864 Abortion Ban

The court in Planned Parenthood et al v. Hazelrigg et al released on May 9, 2024 said that A.R.S. §13-3603 (the existing ban dating from 1864 and recodified several times) and the statute passed in 2022 (A.R.S. §36-2322) are not in conflict and that the legislature intended for A.R.S. §13-3603 to remain the law if Roe v. Wade fell.  The majority reading them together (harmonizing) the law said all abortions except those necessary to save a woman’s life are illegal.

All the abortion restrictions on the books remain applicable to any abortion done to save the life of the woman. The total ban cannot be applied retrospectively.

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Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood

Join us on April 5 for special guest Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., author of Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood.

Click here to watch on Secular AZ’s YouTube channel. 

Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., is a qualitative sociologist studying abortion and adoption at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Her research was cited in the Supreme Court’s dissent in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and has been covered in The Washington Post, The Nation, All Things Considered and Consider This, New York Magazine, VOX, and other outlets.

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Professor Kimberly Mutcherson: Reproductive Justice in a World Without Roe

Please join us on March 15 at noon when we’re joined by special guest Professor Kimberly Mutcherson.

Click here to watch on the Secular AZ YouTube channel. 

Kimberly Mutcherson is a Professor of Law and former Co-Dean at Rutgers Law School in Camden. Professor Mutcherson is a reproductive justice scholar whose work focuses on assisted reproduction and abortion among other topics. Cambridge University Press released her edited volume, Feminist Judgments: Reproductive Justice Rewritten in 2020. 

In 2023, Professor Mutcherson received the Trailblazer Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association. She was a co-recipient of the 2021 M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers and the 2020 Association of American Law Schools inaugural Impact Award as one of the creators of the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project. 

Professor Mutcherson has served as a Scholar in Residence at the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center at NYU Law School, a Senior Fellow/Sabbatical Visitor at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Prior to entering academia, Professor Mutcherson was a consulting attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights and a Kirkland & Ellis Fellow and Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Supreme Court (Cult?) Opinions 2023

The Supreme Cult has continued its attack on the underpinnings of democracy in this just finished session. We dodged a fatal bullet in the “independent legislature” nonsense and got unexpected positive rulings in the Indian Child Welfare Act and gerrymandering cases.

But we got the expected negative rulings on affirmative action and student debt. Two religious privilege cases were on the agenda, and both gave special privileges to those who claim religion as an excuse to harm other people.

In Groff v. DeJoy a rural postal carrier argued that he should be able to take all Sundays off because of his religious practice as an evangelical. To allow him to do so meant that other employees would be forced to take Sunday shifts to cover for him.

A written agreement outlined how employees are chosen to work on Sunday to deliver Amazon packages. He fell into the third category of employees compelled to work on a rotating basis.

To accommodate him, others — including the postmaster who normally did not deliver mail — did the work or it was assigned to the regional hub for other carriers. Several grumbled; one filed a written complaint. Groff received progressive discipline for failing to work and then in 2019 he resigned.

Read the rest of this article on Secular AZ’s Substack

Fetal Heartbeat Laws Defy Science, Religion, and Law

The laws against abortion that include a “fetal heartbeat” provision defy science, religion, and the law. There is no fetal tissue, no heart, and no heartbeat at the early stages of pregnancy to which these laws apply. Women are being forced to carry pregnancies based on a scientific lie.

No religious or societal consensus exists on when life begins or whether abortion is an allowable health choice. Women are forced to carry pregnancies based on the beliefs of one religion. Basing a law solely on the beliefs of one religion violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, because it cements into law the belief of that one religion that is contrary to the beliefs of many other religions and nonreligious people. It also violates the Free Exercise clause of the Constitution because people of any other religion or none are prohibited from practicing their religion as they see fit.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Secular AZ’s Substack.