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Who Stands for Planned Parenthood?

The past couple years have been rough for Planned Parenthood. As Congress ushered in Health Care Reform, we have seen definite losses to women’s health care rights. In 2010, the leadership in the House of Representatives shifted to Republican and Republicans increased in number in the Senate. The very conservative Tea Party became a large voice in this new Republican Party and are outspoken opponent’s of women’s health rights.

Nationally, 89 new laws were enacted in 2010 that affect reproductive health care rights. Of these, 39 of them in 15 different states pertain to abortion. Fourteen states introduced measures to restrict insurance coverage of abortion.

In 2011, 162 new provisions were introduced and 49% of those restricted access to abortion. Five states restricted funding to family planning providers.

Arizona passed five new laws further restricting abortion that effectively required Planned Parenthood to cease abortion services at seven of its health centers. Women living in rural areas will be the most adversely affected by these new restrictions.  Continue reading

PPAA Endorses David Schapira for State Senate

Planed Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed David Schapira for State Senate in Legislative District 17.  District 17, which covers a large portion of Tempe and a portion of South Scottsdale, is being labeled a “swing district” and thus, voter turn-out and support for David Schapira is critical.

A native Arizonan and state legislator since 2006, David Schapira is a former high school teacher and current member of the Political Science faculty at ASU. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he serves as the owner of DevilDash.com, a care package delivery service that caters to area college students.

A student of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, Schapira received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2001.  He previously served as an aide to Senator Tom Daschle and campaign manager for Terry Goddard’s 2002 run for Arizona Attorney General. Continue reading

Cheryl Cage: The Pro-Choice Choice in LD 26

If you live in Arizona’s Legislative District 26, you have a very important vote to cast for State Senator this November. Candidate Cheryl Cage is running against the incumbent Al Melvin. With your vote for Cage you can have a hand in helping ensure the women of Arizona, in conjunction with their families and doctors, will retain the right to make their own health care decisions, rather than having our state legislature make decisions for them.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed Cheryl Cage because of her respect for women and her stand on the issues. As a volunteer with Planned Parenthood and a resident in LD 26, I’m very interested in knowing a candidate’s positions on women’s health and reproductive issues, so I asked Cheryl Cage questions about her positions.

Education is at the top of Cheryl Cage’s list of important issues, so I asked if this includes age-appropriate, medically-accurate sex education for the children of this state. Cage understands that “this information is vital for the physical and emotional health of a child.” Arizona has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, yet no legislation supporting “real sex ed” has made it out of committee. With Cheryl Cage in our state senate, I believe comprehensive sex-ed classes stand a chance of being put in place and our state’s teens could be 50% less likely to become pregnant. Continue reading

PPAA Endorses Jack Jackson, Jr. for State Senate

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed Jack Jackson, Jr. for State Senate in Legislative District 2.  Jackson is a member of the Navajo Nation, from the Near The Water (Tó’áhaní) Clan, and born for the Towering House (Kinyaa’áanii) Clan. His maternal grandfather is from the Water’s Edge (Tábąąhá) Clan, and his paternal grandfather is from the Salt (Áshįįhí) Clan. He was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Jackson is a lifelong Democrat who served as a delegate to both the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Conventions.

After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University School of Law in 1989, Jackson moved to Washington, DC where he worked for 12 years representing tribal governments and organizations. In 1997, Jackson became the Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative Indigenous advocacy organization in the nation.

Jack Jackson, Jr. is also a strong advocate for choice and sexual health. On February 2, 2010, Jackson was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He previously sat on President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Council in 1999. He has also served on the boards of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, and Phoenix Body Positive. As a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2003-2004, Jackson voted against restrictions that would have limited access to abortion. Continue reading