Thursday, July 3, 2008

AZ Right to Life Life Times

Arizona Right to Life

Arizona Life Times
Internet Edition
July 2008

Dear Friend of Life,
As the July 4th weekend approaches we should take time to reflect the sacred truths that are inscribed in our Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
In This Issue
Training Advocates to Defend Life
Fr. Frank Pavone Visits AZRTL
Upcoming Culture of Life Concert
Legislative Update
Upcoming Events!
Training Advocates to Defend Life
Leadership Training SeminarOn June 28th Arizona Right to Life debuted its new pro-life leadership seminar to numerous state pro-life leaders and activists. Combined with our new documentary Abortion: Inside the Choice, the goal of our leadership seminar is to equip pro-lifers with the skills and tools they need to create a Culture of Life in their own communities. From tips to talking about the controversial issue of abortion, to practical ideas for church and school groups, this six-hour seminar covers all the crucial issues of the pro-life fight. One attendee said in response, "I enjoyed learning to get to the bottom line of the issue and keeping the focus on 'What is abortion?' I also really appreciated getting answers to those difficult questions that pro-choicers ask." Another attendee said, "It gave me greater insights on how to speak gently and love all who are involved in abortion." The seminar's flexibility allows it to be hosted by either AZRTL trainers or local groups in segments of varying lengths. If you would like to host a seminar or a viewing of our documentary, please contact Education Director Melanie Pritchard at

Fr. Frank Pavone Visits AZRTL

Fr. Frank PavoneOn June 16th, Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, visited the Arizona Right to Life office to share with us the national efforts to advance the pro-life cause. Fr. Pavone shared with us his meeting with presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his confidence in the Senator's ability to join in our mission and fulfill his promise of being "a faithful friend to the pro-life movement." This is in stark contrast to the Democratic presumptive nominee Barack Obama who has received 100% ratings from national pro-abortion organizations and even voted against protecting the lives of BORN BABIES in his career as an Illinois State Senator. Fr. Frank also shared with us the importance of registering voters and encouraging them to vote for candidates who demonstrate a profound respect for human life and have the moral integrity to not trade that respect for votes or political favors. To watch Fr. Frank's endorsement of Catholics in the Public Square, a guide for the faithful during this election season, click here.


Upcoming Culture of Life Concert This Month!

Eric GenuisYou won't want to miss this incredible evening of music, passion, life and hope! Eric Genuis, the world-renowned musical performer and talent extraordinaire, will be performing musical pieces from a mix of his four fabulous albums. Eric has recorded with the famed Maestro Allan Wilson of London and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. His concerts are a definite must-see and have proven to be a riveting experience for audiences of all ages.

When: Friday July 25th, 2008

Where: City of Grace Campus* - Worship Center
Building 5, 655 University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85203

Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

General Admission: $20 pp
Students & Clergy: $10 pp
Families: $40
Special Discounted Group Rates Available - Contact Arizona Right to Life at 602-
285-0063 or email to reserve your seat.
*City of Grace is a non-smoking, non-alcoholic and no-weapons allowed facility
Legislative Update
Arizona State Flag
We would like to thank our friends at the Center for Arizona Policy and Arizona Catholic Conference for their hard work in advancing pro-life legislation and challenging the opposition in the State Legislature.

· The Arizona State Legislature passed a state ban on partial-birth abortions only to have the Governor veto the measure. In response, pro-life legislators reintroduced the bill and removed the so-called "offending language" that had prevented the governor from signing it. However, on June 27th the Governor again vetoed the partial-birth abortion ban.

· The Arizona State Legislature passed a bill to strengthen the state's parental consent law by requiring a notary to affirm a parent or guardian's signature allowing a minor to have an abortion. The Governor vetoed the legislation.

· The Arizona State Board of Nursing adopted a proposal from the advanced nurse practitioners committee allowing nurse practitioners to perform first trimester (through 14 weeks) abortions. A bill to prevent nurses from performing abortions was scheduled for a vote in the Senate but did not receive enough votes (due to the absence of pro-life legislators) and therefore could not be sent to the Governor.

· The Arizona State Legislature and Governor passed Jesse's Law, which was inspired by the real life case of Jesse Ramirez. Ramirez was denied food and water after an automobile accident and could have become another "Terri Schiavo" if not for the intervention of the Alliance Defense Fund. Jesse's Law was signed on June 24th and clarifies the circumstances when an incapacitated person can have food and fluids withdrawn.

In addition, bills to legalize assisted suicide and further the reach of abortion providers were defeated.
Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to partner with us to develop new projects and continue effective ones (pro-life videos and mobile exhibits, public outreach, legislation and politician tracking, and new chapters and liaisons) then please send a donation to:
Arizona Right to Life
3700 N 24th St, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Thank you for taking the time to read Arizona Right to Life's monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to learn more about our mission or events please email us at or call our office at 602-285-0063.
Once again, thank you for your time and your commitment to being a "Friend of Life."

Newsletter Editor: Trent Horn

Upcoming Local Pro-life Events

Mesa Right to Life Fundraiser Event
On Saturday, August 9th the Arizona Right to Life Mesa Chapter, in concert with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, will be hosting a dinner and production of "Honkytonk Angels." For more information please contact Joe or Jinny Perron at or 480-807-2834.

Save the Date: AZRTL State Conference
On September 5th-6th Arizona Right to Life will be hosting it's 30th annual State Conference, "Building a Legacy of Life . . . Empowering America's Leaders" at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites Resort. Featured Speakers include Stephanie Gray - Executive Director of the Canadian Center for Bio-ethical Reform, Dr. William Toffler - National Director of Physicians for Compassionate Care, and David Bereit, the National Campaign Director of 40 Days for Life.
40 Days for Life
September 24th - November 2nd, 2008
Do you live in Chandler, Tempe, Glendale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale? Do you want to take part in leading a prayer vigil at local abortion mills this fall and pray for our nation with thousands of other pro-lifers across the country? If you would like to help organize a prayer vigli for 40 Days for Life in your area, please contact AZRTL Programs Manager Trent Horn at
As part of our kickoff for the Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign, David Bereit, the campaign's National Director will be our keynote speaker for this year's Arizona Right to Life State Conference!

Click here to register online. Don't forget to mark your calendars for this important event!

If you would like your pro-life events posted in our monthly newsletter, email us at

1 comment:

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