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In August, Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate introduced similar bills, at the urging of anti-abortion groups. Sponsors of those proposals have said their goal is to sharply curtail abortion rights.

Arizona has moved one step closer to what critics say is a sneaky attempt to add fetal personhood into state law in a way that would avoid a federal court ruling that blocked a straightforward personhood law passed two years ago. Read more»

At present, federal law prohibits persons subject to final – rather than temporary – domestic violence protection orders from purchasing or possessing firearms.

A recent Supreme Court ruling which held that a firearm restriction must be analogous to laws in existence when the country was founded is the basis for recent rulings that struck down the federal law prohibiting guns for people subject to domestic violence protection orders. Read more»

Confusion in the lower courts could mean the Supreme Court will have to take up this issue again to clarify how its new test should be applied.

Gun regulations preventing domestic abusers from possessing firearms were shot down on Thursday at the Fifth Circuit not because modern society deems them unnecessary but because the founding generation did. Read more»

The bill faced scrutiny from the state’s largest domestic violence advocacy organization, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

A Republican bill aimed at shielding Arizona domestic violence shelters from gender discrimination claims could run afoul of federal employment law and could also be a way to exclude transgender individuals. Read more»

Activists gathered Downtown on May 3, 2022, to protest the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling that legalized abortion across America.

Arizona closely tracks abortions in a way that isn’t done for other medical procedures, so we can see what abortion access looks like: Who is getting the procedure, how, when, where and, in some cases, why. Read more»

Bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate would enhance background checks for gun buyers younger than 21 and make it easier to remove guns from people threatening to kill themselves or others, as well as people who have committed domestic violence. Read more»

The Department of Justice is trying to help law enforcement better recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias when responding to and investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence cases. Read more»

On Thursday, Indigenous men and women across Arizona gathered in solidarity for the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples rally to march in a plea to receive more support to fight against violence on their sovereign lands. Read more»

Indigenous women led the 2019 Phoenix Women’s March, where they advocated for their missing and murdered Native sisters. Such activism is bringing a sense of urgency to the problem.

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and events are being held at the local, state and national level to allow people to reflect on the movement and discuss the work that still needs to be done. Read more»

Students walk across campus at the University of Arizona in this 2020 file photo. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the university cannot be held liable under Title IX for an assault committed off-campus by a football player against another student.

The University of Arizona cannot be held liable under Title IX for a football player’s off-campus assault of his girlfriend, even though the university exercises “substantial control” over its student athletes, a federal court said Tuesday. Read more»

The Department of Justice made 137 awards, totaling almost $74 million, to 85 tribes in the last year, according to the Justice Department.

Arizona tribal governments can go after funding - available through the U.S. Department of Justice - to help their communities in the areas of crime prevention, victim services and coordinated community responses to violence against Indigenous women. Read more»

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women for more than $100,000 to prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence-related crimes committed within their community. Read more»

Indigenous men and women used the #MMIW hashtag at the 2018 Women’s March in Phoenix to honor missing and murdered indigenous women.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order at the White House Tribal Nations Summit directing federal agencies to create a strategy that will improve the public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as address the crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples. Read more»

States have found it challenging to pass measures that confiscate firearms from those who may be a harm to themselves or others.

Most of the 19 states that have red flag laws adopted them after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida—a tragedy that could have been prevented if the state had a red flag law, but that momentum has petered out as national pressure for gun restrictions has waned. Read more»

Many law enforcement officials, public health researchers and legislators think these laws prevent gun deaths by allowing people to act on early warning signs. But they say the public and even some police officers have so little knowledge of the tool that it isn’t used as often as it should be.

Red flag laws have become a popular tool to prevent mass shootings, suicides and deadly domestic violence, but many law enforcement officials and legislators say the public and even some police officers have so little knowledge of the tool that it isn’t used as often as it should be. Read more»

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