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New research shows state restrictions reduce contraception use

Arizona and at least 16 other states have restrictions barring abortion clinics from receiving public contraception funds - though 1 in 3 low-income people who use contraception rely on Planned Parenthood or other publicly funded clinics to pay for the often-costly pills or devices.... Read more»0

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Opponents of Arizona's expanded vouchers concede petition may have fallen short

Officials with Save Our Schools Arizona, who said Friday that they turned in thousands more signatures than needed to force a vote on an expansion of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, conceded this week that they “definitely got the numbers wrong.”... Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney says she won’t prosecute victims of rape, incest who get abortions

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a statement Tuesday that she does not plan to prosecute women who seek an abortion in cases of rape or incest and will seek the court’s guidance if they are asked to prosecute such a case. ... Read more»

Fact-check: Arizona secretary of state candidate says ballot harvesting altered election result

Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem pointed to a violation in Yuma Country during the Secretary of State debate, saying it changed the outcome of the 2020 election - but the winning margin in the race was too wide for the votes in question to change the results.... Read more»

Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

A nearly 50-year-old federal law backed by Republicans allows the use of federal dollars for abortions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the pregnant person, despite new or planned abortion bans in some GOP-led states, where governors and lawmakers want to remove exceptions.... Read more»

Lawsuit takes aim at Biden student loan forgiveness plan

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to block the Biden administration’s student loan debt forgiveness plan - marking the first significant legal challenge to the policy - by claiming financial harm in the form of a tax liability, though individual borrowers can choose to opt-out of the plan.... Read more»

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package - after an energy bill from Sen. Joe Manchin was removed - that would help communities recover from natural disasters, provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, and keep the government funded through mid-December.... Read more»

AZ abortion ban: What we didn’t know about labor & birth in 1864

The following is a timeline of important developments in obstetrics and birth control between when the law that bans virtually all abortions in Arizona originated in 1864 and 2022, along with a few important historical markers for context. ... Read more»

Migrant encounters at the border higher than before Texas gov’s Operation Lone Star began

The number of migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border has climbed from 114,184 in March 2021, the month the mission began, to 122,680 in August — a failure of Abbott’s office’s stated desire to “stop this revolving door and deter others considering entering illegally.” ... Read more»

UA researchers' Biosphere 2 study sniffs out forest health

Compounds that give forests their scent are released differently during times of drought and may actually be nature's way of bringing rain.... Read more»

Pima County's eviction aid program wins nat'l recognition

Pima County's work to provide legal and financial help to people facing eviction during the pandemic was recognized with a 2022 Award of Excellence from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development. ... Read more»

Panel recommends renaming hundreds of military assets tied to Confederacy

There are some 1,112 Department of Defense assets identified in the Naming Commission’s final report to Congress last week targeted for rebranding or renaming because they memorialize people or events tied to the Confederacy.... Read more»

Az Sen. Mark Kelly’s Phoenix office evacuated Monday because of bomb threat

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly’s Phoenix office - located in a plaza that holds other businesses - was evacuated briefly Monday afternoon after an unknown person left a voicemail implying there was a bomb in the building.... Read more»

New Arizona laws are now in effect: Here are some of the most controversial

On Saturday, nearly all of the bills signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year went into effect - and some of them impact Arizonans in their daily lives, classrooms and voting booths. ... Read more»

Arizona Sen. Sinema defends filibuster at McConnell event, raising Democratic ire anew

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been criticized for defending the filibuster before, but that did not stop her from repeating her position, stating that defending the filibuster may be “an unpopular opinion,” but that it’s needed to make the Senate work in a bipartisan manner.... Read more»

Abortion-rights advocates vow fight, as Arizona clinics halt services

Planned Parenthood Arizona said Monday it will appeal a Pima County judge’s ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state and effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona, while seeking an immediate stay of the Pima County Superior Court ruling.... Read more»

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