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Arizona providers, regulators can’t agree on abortion law after Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court decision Friday to eliminate a constitutional right to an abortion has “unleashed chaos” for abortion providers in Arizona, where there is little agreement on where the law stands now. ... Read more»

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'We will see desperation': Planned Parenthood Arizona stops abortions after Roe v. Wade overturned

In the wake of Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood Arizona announced it has shut down its abortion services, effective immediately, while it sorts through “Arizona’s tangled web of conflicting laws.” ... Read more»

With Supreme Court on cusp of abortion ruling, Arizona advocates prepare

A ruling overturning Roe could come as early as Thursday, when the Supreme Court could release its decision on abortion - but Arizona advocates have been building networks to educate and to provide reproductive services and resources.... Read more»

Transgender and abortion bills highlight growing division of Arizona lawmakers

Highlighting growing political divisions and controversy in Arizona — and around the nation — a Republican-controlled legislative committee voted Wednesday to approve two transgender-focused bills and one abortion bill. ... Read more»

Abortion fight in Arizona heating up, even as Supreme Court weighs Roe

The Supreme Court is expected to weaken or reverse its landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling this year, but advocates on both sides of the issue in Arizona are not waiting for the court to act. ... Read more»

Az House Democrats: ‘Offensive and wrong’ to assume we won’t be unified

Responding to a column this week, every Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives pledged to vote for one of their own to lead the chamber if Democrats take control of the legislative chamber in this year's elections.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Will Dems win in 2020 only to see GOP control Az Leg in 2021?

Some deep blue Dems in the Legislature are being recruited to defect and vote for a Republican state House speaker, including Alma and Daniel Hernandez of Tucson. Plus: the 2020 presidential race all comes down to Wisconsin and Arizona.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Herrod's anti-abortion claims parroted by Phx media

Cathi Herrod and her socially conservative organization are one of the most powerful lobbying forces at the Arizona Capitol. And the way she was quoted in an ABC15 story about abortion — verbatim, unchallenged, with no rebuttal or further context provided after — is maddeningly typical. ... Read more»

New funding restrictions on abortion would have ‘huge impact,’ Planned Parenthood says

Family planning clinics would lose federal money meant to help those struggling financially if the clinic "performs, promotes, refers for or supports abortion as a method of family planning." ... Read more»

Az advocates react as court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.”... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

Ducey signs controversial abortion bill

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that would require physicians to tell women that a medication abortion procedure can be reversed — a claim disputed by research. The law also will bar any health care exchange from providing coverage for abortions except in cases of rape and incest. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

12 Gen-X Republicans who will have some explaining to do some day soon

Now that it is clear that those who pushed Arizona's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, they all better start thinking up what lame excuses they are going to be making. Their grandchildren’s generation is sure to ask questions.... Read more»

Dems slam conservative group behind SB 1062, abortion bill

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»

Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated."... Read more»4

After Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, debate heads back to state

The Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage are not likely to have a direct effect on states that ban gay marriage, like Arizona, where both sides said they now expect the fight to resume.... Read more»

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