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Arizona Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Prosecute Trans People Who Use The ‘Wrong’ Bathroom
Last month, the City Council of Phoenix, Arizona passed sweeping nondiscrimination protections, ensuring that people have equal access to employment, housing, and public accommodations regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. One state lawmaker, Rep. John Kavanagh (R) is not pleased that transgender people will be protected when using the correct bathroom, and so he has introduced a new bill to ban them from doing just that.
Kavanagh gutted a Senate Bill about a Massage Therapy Board to use as a shell for his new amendment, which prohibits a person from entering a “public restroom, bathroom, shower, bath, dressing room, or locker room” if the sex designation of that facility does not match the individual’s birth certificate. He defended his “show your papers to pee” bill in an interview with 12 News Phoenix:
A federal judge last Friday overturned HB 2800, a state law in Arizona that banned Planned Parenthood from contracting with Medicaid.
From The New American:
In his 11-page ruling shooting down the measure duly passed by the state’s elected lawmakers, federal Judge Neil Wake said that there was no reason to believe the abortion giant was not qualified to provide non-abortion “family planning” services covered under the federal medical assistance program, and that the law appeared to be an attempt by Arizona legislators to disqualify Planned Parenthood from state and federal funding.
Anti-abortion advocate Governor Jan Brewer had signed this bill, misleadingly called “The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act,” into law last May, thereby blocking Medicaid family planning funds from flowing to any health organization that provided abortions. It effectively prevented thousands of low-income Medicaid recipients in Arizona from choosing Planned Parenthood as a health and family planning provider.
Despite the fact that the use of public funds for abortions was already restricted, this particular funding was intended to ban prohibited money from going to any health care providers that provided abortions at all.
Of course, making health care services inaccessible doesn’t make the need for those services go away. What it does mean is that women have to go to greater expense simply to take care of their bodies. And if it costs too much, women will choose to skip doctors’ appointments.
During a signing ceremony Governor Brewer called the measure a “common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”
But not everyone agreed with Brewer. Planned Parenthood has fought back in every state that has removed its funding, pointing out that this is an assault on all women making their own decisions about their bodies, and particularly an assault on poor women.
GOP is SHIT
Public high school students in Arizona will have to “ recite an oath supporting the U.S. Constitution” to receive a graduation diploma, if a new bill introduced in the new session of the state legislature is passed and signed into law. The measure, House Bill 2467, was offered by republican Representative Bob Thorpe, a freshman tea party members who also backs a bill preventing state enforcement of federally enacted gun safety laws.
As written, the bill does not exempt atheist students or those of different faiths from the requirement, though Thorpe has pledged to amend the measure. “In that we had a tight deadline for dropping our bills, I was not able to update the language,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Arizona Republic. “Even though I want to encourage all of our students to understand and respect our Constitution and constitutional form of government, I do not want to create a requirement that students or parents may feel uncomfortable with.”
A separate measure introduced by Thorpe’s colleague would also “require all students in first through 12th grades” “to say the pledge of allegiance each day.” Currently, “schools must set aside time for the pledge each day, but students may choose whether to participate.”
Constitutional experts warn that both proposals are unconstitutional. As American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona Public Policy Director Anjali Abraham explained, “You can’t require students to attend school … and then require them to either pledge allegiance to the flag or swear this loyalty oath in order to graduate. It’s a violation of the First Amendment.”
Arizona is where a few useless parasitic nationalistic cumwads try to appear like heroes by ordering children to recite stuff.
Ed Hicks is uneducated and his appearance is gobsmackingly awful.
Hicks claims that the classes promoted “radical ideas,” such as the reclamation of formerly Mexican territory “by bloodshed.” Teachers have apparently brainwashed students by feeding them burritos (I am not making this up).
When asked for evidence, he explains that he hadn’t actually visited any classes.
“Why even go? I based my thoughts on hearsay from others,” he says.
One reason why America’s Educational System bites: Ann Brewer and her uneducated fawning assistants.
- a posse made up of folks who are put off by the browning of America and pining away for the days of Leave It to Beaver.
Conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan made that claim explicitly five years ago in his book, State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America. Buchanan argued that the United States was much better off in the mid-20th century when most of the immigrants who arrived here came from Europe and not Asia, Africa, or Latin America. And what do those people have in common? They’re not white. Navarrette
More than a year after SB 1070 was initially enjoined in federal court, the immigration restrictionists behind Arizona’s misguided immigration law have brought their case to the Supreme Court.
Even at the Supreme Court, supporters of SB 1070 continue to use fear-mongering and misleading policy assertions to justify passage of the law. For example, Arizona’s petition makes numerous and irrelevant references to “Mexican drug cartels” as well as news stories about National Park rangers carrying machine guns along the border. It also misleadingly states that “federal immigration laws are not adequately enforced,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that more than one million deportations have already occurred since President Obama took office—or six times more than were carried out during the entire Reagan Administration.
The petition is also riddled with weak and contradictory assertions. For example, Arizona defends the legality of SB 1070 by saying its provisions “consciously parallel” those in federal immigration law. Yet other sections maintain that local police have “inherent authority” to arrest individuals for lacking valid immigration status, notwithstanding federal laws establishing very few circumstances in which they may do so.
There’s only one reason Jim Shee was pulled over on his 70th birthday. He was a brown man in Arizona.
Jim Shee — an American citizen of Chinese and Spanish descent — was driving to his 70th birthday party when he was questioned by police demanding to see his “papers.” It happened again a few days later.
This is precisely the kind of unwarranted, biased suspicion and racial profiling that Arizona’s SB1070 law — and each of the copycat measures now sweeping the country — invites.
But there are other things the laws invite — ACLU lawsuits. In fact, the ACLU has swiftly responded to every single bill that has passed with a lawsuit. We have already brought Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Georgia and Alabama to court and will do the same with South Carolina later this summer. This kind of racial profiling has no place in America.