‘End-of-Life’ Conscience Protections

April 3, 2017

Getting to the bottom of the opposition to SB 1439 – has unwittingly revealed the obvious need for SB 1439.  Opponents weren’t against SB 1439 as much as they were opposed to the conscience protections already in law!

The bill ensures physicians who choose not to participate in a treatment intended to end the life of a patient – are not fired or discriminated against in the workplace (i.e. euthanasia or administering a death row lethal injection).  A number of myths have been spread attempting to confuse the fact that the bill adds an enforcement mechanism to current law.  Laws would be meaningless if there weren’t penalties for breaking them. What good is a speed limit if there is no penalty for exceeding it?  Yet employers may terminate these conscience objectors without any recourse.

Importantly – SB 1439 does not prevent patients from receiving their preferred end-of-life care; it simply protects health providers who exercise their legal rights.  Read my editorial, Myths, misunderstanding about end-of-life legislation – answering editorial criticisms by Robert Robb and Linda Valdez.

Thankfully, Governor Ducey understood the need for the bill and signed it into law.

Make Insurance Affordable Again

March 26, 2017

Make Insurance Affordable Again – A doctor’s free market perspective

Make Insurance Honest Again – how the system keeps patients in the dark & govt. on the hook.

Freedom Caucus member: There are still many options for repealing & replacing Obamacare – Thank you, Andy Biggs! [Read more]

Quick Quips on Culture

August 29, 2016

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Obama’s bathroom ‘guidance’ – about more than bathrooms

May 25, 2016

Since the Obama administration’s latest ‘guidance’ mandating every school in America comply with new transgender bathroom and locker room, etc. policies – or risk losing federal funds – many concerned citizens have called my office, wondering what Arizona is going to do.  There is really only one right response….
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“The BIGGER The Government, the smaller the citizen”

April 22, 2016

Oft repeated by radio talk host Dennis Prager, the phrase describes well where we are today in America  

We’ve lost our way.  The limited government our founders and early Americans envisioned is nothing like what we see today where Washington wields unquenchable control over our lives – usually in the name of the public’s welfare or safety.  Its redistributionist ways not only crowd out spending for government’s fundamental purposes, like defense, education and infrastructure, but stifle Americans’ freedoms and ability to innovate.   [Read more]

Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  [Read more]

Opposing Iran’s horrific actions

October 5, 2015

Rep. Rick Gray facilitated an effort in which 26 members of the Arizona Legislature expressed opposition to the Iranian regime and its appalling rise in executions and other horrific human rights violations.  The following letter was presented at a New York protest recently.  Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, John Bolton, many of our Generals and other military officers were in attendance – as well as many others.    [Read more]

A Prayer for the Judiciary

July 7, 2015

Father, we thank you for our protective system of government in the United States, designed so that even our courts and those who serve the people within them are subject to the Constitution as the highest authority – so that everyone from the small to the mighty might be both protected and held accountable.

We thank you for providing such a wonderfully clear example of how this works in your word when you established the principles by which the Priests would act as judges in Ezekial 44: 24. You said, “In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My laws and My statutes” – providing the very standards by which judges were to decide an issue – not according to what they thought was right at the moment or making up their own laws or regulations. [Read more]

Women should not be lied to

June 24, 2015

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is suing to be able to continue to do just that.

You see, SB 1318 was signed into law this session.  The bill’s purpose is to ensure women seeking abortion are informed that it may be possible to reverse a medication abortion (aka Abortion Pill or RU-486), but that time is of the essence.  Planned Parenthood advocates opposed the bill, and now are suing.

This is just the latest in a series of lawsuits pro-abortion advocates have initiated when the expectation is for them to fully inform women.  Fortunately, of 34 measures designed to fully inform and protect women and their unborn children, 31 have been upheld by the courts and are in force today.  Only 3 are not.

So where does Planned Parenthood lying come in?  Here’s what happened…  [Read more]

Saluting Film Stars who Served

May 27, 2015

George Gobel comedian, Army Air Corps, taught fighter pilots, stationed in Tulsa, OK.

Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said “the Japs didn’t get past us in Tulsa!”.

Sterling Hayden , US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. Silver Star.

James Stewart , US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.  [Read more]

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