ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


 The Arizona House of Representatives gave formal approval to two significant pro-life bills this week.  The first measure (HB 2416) would require that women be offered the chance to view an ultrasound of their unborn baby before an abortion is performed.  HB 2416 was passed by a 40-18 margin and continues to move forward.
 
The other significant pro-life bill approved by the House this week was a proposal (HB 2384) to eliminate tax credits for people making donations to abortion providers.   Presently, the full Senate is close to considering an identical measure (SB 1265).  If you have not already done so, please go to www.azcatholicconference.org and follow the “Action Alert” to encourage your state senator to vote yes on this important bill.
 
With regard to pro-life legislation, it should also be noted that both the House and the Senate approved resolutions (HCR 2034 and SCR 1017) this week recognizing the great work done by crisis pregnancy centers in Arizona.  It was very nice that a large contingent of crisis pregnancy center representatives were on hand to witness these votes and be recognized by their elected officials.
 
A positive family related bill (SB 1188), meanwhile, received tentative approval on the Senate floor this week.  In particular, SB 1188 would create a preference for married couples in adoptions, assuming all other factors were equal.  A formal third read vote will hopefully come soon.
 
Finally, there has been no movement this week on the problematic immigration bills relating to birthright citizenship (SB 1308 and SB 1309); hospital admissions (SB 1405); and the immigration omnibus (SB 1611).   These bills are likely to reach the floor eventually, but many do not expect them to do so until the budget is completed.