Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Tuesday approving surprise inspections at the nine abortion clinics located in the state.
"This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients," Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Brewer, said in a statement after the governor signed the bill.
The bill, known as House Bill 2284, removes a section from state law that requires a judge to grant a warrant before a surprise inspection of an abortion clinic can take place. Proponents of the bill argued that because warrants are not required for other medical facility inspections in the state, abortion clinics should not require a warrant either. Eliminating the warrant requirement elevates abortion clinics to the same health code expectations as other medical facilities, supporters of HB 2284 argue. more >>
A reproduction of a handwritten, seven-volume Bible reminiscent of those created during the Medieval Times has found its home at a worship and retreat center in Phoenix, Ariz., which will be showcasing the intricate work, as well as using it at masses during the Easter season.
The Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley has purchased the seven-volume reproduction of a handwritten Bible created by the Benedictine St. John's University in Minnesota as part of their millennium project. The creation includes handwritten text and hand-painted images recording all of the books found in the Catholic Bible, and can be illuminated from behind. The original manuscript remains on display at the university.
The original handwritten project was taken on by the Benedictine St. John's University 15 years ago. The university has now teamed with a Roswell Bookbinding, a Phoenix-based book binding company, to produce 299 replicas known as the Heritage Edition. The replicas will be sold to churches all over the world so they may be displayed for viewing. more >>
A United States District Court judge has refused to block the implementation of new abortion regulations in Arizona.
Judge David C. Bury decided Monday to not temporarily block new regulations for the Arizona Department of Health Services based on HB 2036, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in 2012.
The regulations that took effect on Tuesday require abortionists to adhere to FDA guidelines for prescribing and dispensing abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU486. Such measures ban the use of abortion-inducing drugs after the seventh week of pregnancy. more >>
A group from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee will walk along the Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday to remember the deaths of migrants in the U.S. desert and to pray for immigration reform.
The gathering aims to create awareness of the suffering caused by a broken immigration system and will conclude with a mass to honor 6,000 people who have died attempting to cross the border since 1998.
"What we fail to remember in this (immigration) debate is the human aspect of immigration, that immigration is primarily about human beings, not economic or social issues," Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on migration, said in a statement. "Those who have died, and those deported each day, have the same value and innate God-given dignity as all persons, yet we ignore their suffering and their deaths." more >>
The vice mayor of Maricopa, Ariz., issued an apology after he praised recently-deceased Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps on Facebook, ultimately admitting that he had no idea who Fred Phelps was and had read an obituary from the satire publication The Onion, mistaking it for fact.
Vice Mayor Ed Farrell drew criticism on Facebook for a post he wrote on Monday, in which he praised Phelps. Phelps, a pastor, died at the age of 84 on March 19. He and his extremist Westboro Baptist group are known for their controversial and aggressive protesting style that often includes picketing the funerals of celebrities and U.S. soldiers and toting vulgar protest signs.
Farrell's Facebook post from Monday read: "We need more Fred Phelps in this world. May you rest in peace sir," and included a link to an obituary on Phelps from the satire publication, The Onion. The fake obituary was titled "Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84" and jokingly described Phelps as an activist who effectively ended LGBT advocacy altogether. more >>
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., is once again drawing the ire of women on the Internet for sharing his controversial brand of biblical advice. Women should remain quiet during teaching in the church, he says, and should refuse to say as much as "amen."
In a recent sermon clip from his church posted to YouTube on Sunday, Anderson declared from I Timothy 2:11: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection."
He then jumped over to I Corinthians chapter 14 and declared: "Let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience as also sayeth the law. And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." more >>