Cathi Herrod was on Faith Talk 1360′s Koinonia with Tom Brown to discuss the Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties win, where the United States Supreme Court said that under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely held private businesses cannot be forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their insurance plans. In Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed religious freedom and the importance that every American should be free to live and work according to their faith. Cathi emphasizes the important distinction that Hobby Lobby did not want to provide abortion-causing drugs to their employees, but were willing to offer 16 out of 20 so-called contraceptives.
One thing that became very clear during the SB 1062 saga is that religious freedom cannot be taken for granted. The veto of this important bill is a wake up call not just to Arizonans but to all Americans who believe the government should not be able to force you to violate your sincerely held religious beliefs.
Last week, Governor Mike Huckabee flew CAP President Cathi Herrod out to New York to be a guest on his Fox News Channel show Huckabee to discuss the growing hostility towards people of faith, and share the truth about SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and what CAP is doing and has done to protect religious liberty. Watch the clip:
Family Life Radio honored Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod with the “21st Century Deborah” Award this week.
Here’s their announcement:
Today Dr. Randy Carlson, President of Family Life Radio, honored Cathi Herrod as a 21st Century Deborah.
Carlson compared Herrod to the biblical leader Deborah, “a strong woman who moved in a world of men…who led her people into battle with strength and conviction” from Judges 3-4. (more…)
June 8, 2012
1) Gendercide in Arizona. This week, Live Action released a video showing Arizona abortion clinic workers knowingly arranging sex-selection abortions, in direct violation of Arizona law.
In the videos seen here, a Live Action actor informs the abortion clinics that she wishes to abort her child if it is a girl. In both cases, the abortion clinic workers promise to ignore this reasoning, and they then coach her on how to lie on the informed consent paperwork to conceal the illegal abortion.
This is the third video released by Live Action that shows an unsettling willingness by abortion clinics to perform abortions based solely on the preborn child’s sex. Because this video was shot in Arizona where sex-selection abortions are illegal, it also reveals a complete disregard for Arizona law.
Visit Live Action’s website ProtectOurGirls.com to discover more about what Live Action has termed “Gendercide.”
2) Thirty Years and Counting. Last Tuesday, June 5 marked thirty years since I said “I do” to my best friend, my husband, my helpmate for life. Looking back over the last 30 years, I am in awe over how the Lord has blessed my marriage and life.
Often times in the political debate, people lose sight of the goodness and benefits of marriage, but there is a reason that millions of Americans across our country are so passionately standing in defense of true marriage. It is the lifelong union of one man and one woman that is at the very foundation of our society.
In the Why Marriage Matters issue brief on AZPolicyPages.com, you can read the many studies that show men, women, and children are happier and have a better opportunity to succeed in an intact household.
I can attest to the fact that marriage is life-giving, and is worth fighting for.
3) Marriage Amendments. Whether marriage is redefined will be on the ballots in four states this fall: Washington, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota. Minnesota citizens will vote on defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman – similar to the 2008 Arizona marriage amendment.
A day before the state of Washington’s same-sex “marriage” law was to take effect, more than 200,000 signatures were filed to send the issue to the ballot in November. At issue will be whether voters will uphold or overturn a measure passed by the Washington legislature that allowed same-sex “marriage.”
Similarly, in Maryland, more than 100,000 signatures were filed to allow the voters to decide rather than the legislature. Maine citizens also will vote on whether they support same-sex “marriages.” No state has ever approved a ballot measure allowing same-sex “marriage.”
4) Prop. 8 Litigation Update. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to do a full-panel review of its earlier decision that struck down the marriage amendment approved by 7 million California voters in 2008. The next likely stop for Prop. 8 will be the U.S. Supreme Court. Stay tuned.
Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2036, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks. The bill, sponsored by Representative Kimberly Yee and supported by Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), is a momentous victory for pro-life advocates in the state.
HB 2036, called “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act”:
- Prohibits abortion after 20 weeks because of the safety risks to the mother and the pain endured by the preborn child.
- Ensures women have an ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to an abortion.
- Establishes an informed consent website which details the facts about fetal development, risks of abortion, and services available.
- Requires doctors performing surgical abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the abortion facility.
“Today, I applaud and thank Gov. Brewer, Representative Kimberly Yee, Senator Nancy Barto and the many strong, pro-life men and women who led the effort to enact this much-needed law,” said Cathi Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy. “HB 2036 provides for the health needs of women considering an abortion, ensuring that women have all the information they need when making this life-changing decision. Abortion not only ends the life of a preborn child, but it also seriously endangers the health and safety of women.”
While 7 states have similar laws that prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of a pregnancy, Arizona is the first in the nation to do so because abortion at this late stage presents a much greater risk to maternal health.
In signing this bill, Gov. Brewer has continued her record as the “pro-life Governor.” Since taking office, Gov. Brewer has signed a number of bills that protect women and the preborn, including legislation that requires women have an in-person consultation with a doctor 24 hours before the abortion, prohibits non-doctors from performing abortions, and requires written, notarized parental consent before a minor can have an abortion.
Please take time to email Gov. Jan Brewer to thank her for being our pro-life Governor.