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.