Phoenix, AZ – Current law says teens 17 or less have to get parental consent before terminating a pregnancy. One measure approved by the House would require that this consent form be notarized. Rep. Warde Nichols said there's a good reason for that.
(We've already had situations in Arizona where a boyfriend has gone in, faxed in a consent form for a minor. And the parents had no idea that their minor child was receiving an abortion.)
Phoenix, AZ – In a pastoral statement to parishioners Tuesday, the bishops said marriage is -- quote -- a personal relationship with enormous public significance. They also said a husband and wife provide the best conditions for raising children. Bishop Thomas Olmstead, in an interview with Arizona Public Radio, said that position is backed by the Bible.
Flagstaff, AZ – The movement to abolish the death penalty has gotten a lot of attention in Arizona this week. The state legislature issued a public apology to death row exonoree Ray Crohne Monday. And the Sedona International Film festival featured an acclaimed documentary of another exoneration. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has more.
Phoenix, AZ – The idea is to create a digital curriculum -- a way of teaching that could be conducted electronically. Senate President Ken Bennett said that the current system of education which dates to the 19th century may no longer make sense.
(I'm just trying to lay the foundation for the better use of technology so that education can be taken to children rather than gathering children in one place to give them an education.)