The religious right is trying to push two bills in the Legislature designed to appeal to moderates, but which push the same old Christian nationalist agenda:
- HB2427: increasing penalties for people who perpetrate domestic violence on pregnant victims—upping mandatory minimum prison sentences from two to five years.
- HB2312: banning transgender people from working in domestic violence shelters.
Don’t fall for the sentiment on HB2427. Arizona already has some of the longest sentences in the country for domestic violence charges. Lengthening them will do nothing to actually reduce assaults, but rather will feed the prison industrial complex while pushing Arizona further in the direction of fetal personhood.
Meanwhile, HB2312 is a discrimination bill, plain and simple, rooted in religious gender identity politics. Shelters are not asking for this bill.
If you are a Request to Speak (RTS) user, sign in against these bills (and/or request to testify in person) before HB2312 is heard in House HHS Committee on 1/23 and HB2427 is heard in House Judiciary 1/25.
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With Governor Hobbs’ veto pen at the ready, expect more of these “Trojan horse” bills from Christian nationalists—especially criminal justice bills. Educate yourself on how criminal justice issues intersect with the secular movement by joining a special series of our Friday updates starting 2/10. (Sign up here.)