BLOG / May 1, 2023

Republicans vote to cut benefits for veterans

By TJ Hernandez


Medication abortion is protected in Arizona. Access to mifepristone remains safe, legal, and accessible in Arizona. Late last (last) week, on May 21st, the Supreme Court extended a pause on a ruling by a Texas judge attempting to ban the abortion medication mifepristone by stripping it of FDA-approval. After the Texas ruling, AG Kris Mayes joined a multistate coalition to challenge that lawsuit, and 19 Arizona lawmakers signed on to a letterdemanding its reversal. Arizonans’ access to mifepristone is also protected by a separate Washington state case, thanks to Mayes’ proactive action to protect reproductive rights. Read more about the Texas case and the upcoming court battle over medication abortion here. 

Republicans back MAGA budget. Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House passed their extreme debt limit proposal, voting to slash benefits to kids, veterans, and the elderly. The bill would have also canceled Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan as well as threatened various clean energy programs and regulations. It has no chance of being signed into law, but demonstrates how out of touch Republicans are with the needs of constituents. 5 out of 6 Republican Reps. from Arizona voted for the measure: Juan Ciscomani, Elijah Crane, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko, and David Schweikert.

ICYMI: What the media gets wrong in reporting on the trans community. Don’t miss this piece by our friend Gaelle Esposito, a trans woman and progressive lobbyist, explaining the impacts of how the media covers trans people, and how they can do better. Gaelle shouldn’t have had to write this article, but we are honored to know her, collaborate with her, and share this important piece.  

Anti-Sinema resolution passed. Last weekend, the Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution calling on Democrats all over the country, including party leaders, to support the winner of the Democratic primary to replace Sinema. Read about the resolution here.

Save Pinto Creek. Watch this short documentary on Arizona’s water future, Every Last Drop, from award-winning filmmaker Craig Johnson and presented by the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter.  

Classic Sinema. Watch Sen. Sinema dodge a reporter’s questions regarding recent reports on her excessive spending of campaign money on luxury wine, planes, jets, restaurants, resorts, and more. 

Support the Abortion Fund of Arizona. In the face of attacks on reproductive rights, abortion providers and patients seeking abortions need your help. Donate to the Abortion Fund of Arizona today.