Arizona Law Requires Disclosure of Need for Abortion
by Shawn McCraith '18
Lawmakers in Arizona have reviewed a law that requires a woman having an abortion to disclose the information as to why she will be having an abortion. The Senate Bill 1394, introduced by Nancy Barto from Phoenix, which requires a doctor to obtain the information that cause their patients to want an abortion and that information would be reported to the Arizona Department of Health. Some possibilities to choose from would be “rape”, “abuse”, “separation”, “divorce” and “extramarital affairs”. The bill has been passed by the Arizona Senate and was presented to the House Committee for Judiciary and Public Safety on Wednesday afternoon. A Democrat from Tucson by the name of Kirstin Engel said that the law is invading the privacy of women and that government will now be involved with doctor-patient relationships.
The bill was developed by Cathi Herrod, who supports anti-abortion and whose Center for Arizona Policy has been adding more laws for abortion over the past years which is making it tougher to obtain one. In the United States the mortality rate is the highest in the world. Jodi Liggett the vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Arizona said “It's a bad joke to ask women about the reasons for their abortions when you have no intention of ever addressing any of those needs, now or in the future.” A reason that there may be so many abortions is because the slashing of funds to welfare programs so women would feel like they can’t support the baby if it was born. The Arizona Public Health Association, the Arizona Medical Association, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have opposed Senate Bill 1394.
Family of Four Found Deceased in Van
by Meche Williams '19
Written on March 16, 2018
A family of four was found dead in a van on March 15 around 8:40 p.m. The officers were dispatched at 8:35 p.m. to 12031 Brookhurst St. to investigate a suspicious car. The officer arrived at a CVS drug store parking lot in Garden Grove and found a family of four dead; out of those 4: 2 of them were children believed to be under the age of 4, a boy and girl. A woman told the police that as she walked nearby the van she smelled a foul odor. The van had the windows covered with a blanket and a sunscreen; the four family members have not yet been identified. But there were two females and two males inside the van; the cause of death is unknown and there has been no appearance that they suffered any noticeable trauma. It was also suggested that they were homeless and the witness that discovered the victims said the white Honda van has been sitting in the parking lot for several days, Whitney said. Officer Whitney said, “It is an officer’s worst nightmare to come across a family who appears to have died together, it’s sad for everyone involved.” Friday morning the van was towed away by the Orange County Sheriff's Department crime lab for processing.
NM Students Fight For School Safety
by Meche Williams '19
Wednesday, March 14, 2017, students attending Sandia, La Cueva, Eldorado, and other surrounding schools in New Mexico took part in a peaceful protest by walking out of class early Wednesday afternoon. They planned to leave for 17 minutes; each minute for all 17 students that were killed in the Stoneman Douglas shooting. Eldorado High School’s message was “enough is enough” that can be found online by the looking up “#enough”. The students decided to meet up in the courtyard at 10 a.m. and used snapchat to remind the students of the walkout; they did their 17 minutes of silence then used there remaining time to rally on about school safety with speeches, chants, and solutions. The students at Eldorado plan to stay involved and participate in the community-wide rally March 24. Eldorado students are not the only ones staying involved and planning to continue their participation for safer schools and stricter gun laws, Cibola and La Cueva students are as well. Cibola Junior Joliana Davidson said, “I think that the NRA is an extremely powerful company that is paying off our government, and I think they need to work harder to change things and care more about our livelihood over the money.” Highland High School students put together a “sit-in” Wednesday at their school, filling the hallways in “solidarity of the Parkland Shooting.” Volcano Vista Principle Vickie Bannerman planned to have a fire drill at 10 a.m. because it fulfilled their monthly fire drill and allowed her students to take part in the national remembrance for the Stoneman Douglas High Victims. Bannerman had the faculty monitor the students; students released 17 balloons at 10:17 a.m., gave speeches, and let a special bell ring for 17 minutes. The principle was satisfied with the way the students and staff handled things. The national march for gun control and school safety is also planned for March 24.
Transgender Wins State Title 2 Years in a Row
by Meche Williams '19
Written Friday, March 9, 2018.
18-year-old Mack Beggs is a transgender wrestler from Texas. Mack Beggs was born as Mackenzie Beggs, a female, but identifies as a male; who won the state title in the 6a-110 pound division twice. He attends Euless Trinity High School as a senior and entered the Texas state tournament with a perfect record. The championship match was on sunday february 25th and he was against Chelsea Sanchez and he beat her for the title. Once he was named as the state champion for the 110 pound division the crowd had a mixture of boos and cheers. Beggs said, “It definitely felt different” to the Dallas Morning News. Mack wanted to compete in the men's division but do to University Interscholastic League rules they forced him to compete in the girls division because the rules state the athletes must compete in the gender division that's is shown on their birth certificate. Beggs has not undergone gender reassignment surgeries yet but since his freshman year he's been taking small doses of testosterone injections prescribed by his doctor. The competitors feel that it's unfair that Beggs is competing in the girls division because he’s been taking testosterone injections since freshman year and it gives him an advantage. One parent from Texas High school has filed to sue UIL, but the UIL still stands firm with its rules. Even still when more than a dozen other states and NCAA allow the athletes to compete in the gender they identify themselves as.
Utah Students Walkout to Protest Gun Violence
by Mariah Tso '21
In Salt Lake City, Utah thousands of students walkout to join their friends in a nationwide protest against gun violence. Students walked out at 10:00 am. It was one month since the tragic shooting in Florida took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students who walked out stayed outside or on school property for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim who lost their lives on February 14, 2018. At Brighton High School students walked out to the football stadium and read one name of each victim each minute and sat in silence to show respect. Also at Syracuse High and Timpview High dozens of student walked out and gathered together with school staff while security looking over them. Many are calling for stricter gun laws and improved school safety. Hundreds of students from multiple Utah high schools, junior high schools and even elementary schools participated in the event. At Salt Lake's Bryant Middle School, students walked out of school and tied orange ribbons to a chain-link fence on the south side of the school campus also wrote messages promoting peace and kindness at school on pieces of orange paper, which were linked in a paper chain. But in Parkland, Florida they bowed their heads in honor of the dead for the 17 victims they also carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?’ They also repeated over and over “Enough is Enough”. In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and school safety.
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