Arizona State Senate
Arizona State Senate
Provide air conditioning for your mail carriers
Mail carriers are battling the sweltering heat in the summers and are constantly being pushed and demands are high. Parcel volume is at a high level because of the convenience of online shopping, which of course is good for business. However, the Arizona summers get to be 120 degrees and the LLV's get about 20 degrees hotter than that. It is illegal to leave a child or an animal in a vehicle in these conditions, shouldn't the same be applied to us? I know I don't even have a place to cool down on my lunch break. The new fleet replacement is supposed to occur at the end of the year so it would be great if the hottest climate areas be replaced first since this may take a few years to be completed.
Our fallen hero Andrew Ashcraft: get the family Andrew's benefit package that they were promised
My name is Tom Ashcraft, father of Andrew Ashcraft and fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shot. He was a full time employee working for the City Of Prescott, Az. on June 30th, when the fire overcame him and 18 of his brothers. 19 firefighters were killed in the fire. We are all heartbroken beyond words can say. Just as all the families are doing we too must press on to help secure the future of Andrew's wife Juliann and his four children and help them endure the difficult times ahead. In addition to this tragedy, the city of Prescott has officially denied paying out his benefits claiming he was not full time. This is not accurate at all. He had been working his scheduled 40 hour weeks, he had obtained their goals required of full time status and had been given a raise above that of a seasonal employee. Because of that, his employee file had been forwarded onto the city managers' office with the endorsement of his supervisors. Unfortunately, they too perished in that fire and cannot confirm this. The delay in the process is the primary reason for their not approving his status. Nonetheless, he was verbally assured of his status, he was working his required schedule as a full time employee, being paid as a full time employee therefore is due full time benefits. It is not only our family's belief, but our community, as well as many around this great nation that the City of Prescott, specifically the Mayor and City Council, should immediately approve Andrew Ashcraft's benefits that will provide a secure future for his wife Juliann, Ryder (6), Shiloh (4), Tate (3), and Choice (18 mo). Please stand with us, our family, our community by signing this petition to enforce the prompt processing of his benefits. With your help, together we can make this change. Mayor and City Council, agreeing with the words on his bracelet that Andrew wore until he perished - you too now have the opportunity to "Be Better". Thank you, Tom Ashcraft
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Recall Arizona Senator John McCain
Recall Arizona US Senator John McCain. The United States wants #NoMoreWar #NoWarWithRussia Sen McCain is trying to instigate a war with Russia, the US has enough young men and women in war zones now. Instead we need to work with countries like Russia though diplomatic means to advance freedom through out the world. We must consider for the best interests of the Us, that Sen McCain's way of instigating wars must be stopped. He is not listening, and no longer acting rational for the best interests of the US in the world. Press conferences acting as The General of War, when he never was a general. "We The People" want Senator John McCain "RECALLED" no longer to be an instigator of war on the US Senate Floor. Thank you
Make Declawing Cats ILLEGAL
Declawing a cat is the equivalent to not just ripping your finger nail out of your skin, but cutting off each of your fingers up to your last knuckle. This is because declawing a cat is NOT trimming its nails. Trimming a cat's nails will cause them to be less sharp and shorten them, but they will grow back, as ours do. When declawing a cat, the person preforming this torture is actually amputating the last bone of each toe. It's often done by amputating with a scalpel or guillotine clipper. From there the painful wounds are closed up either with stitches or surgical glue. The paws are then wrapped. Your cat now has to walk on these pained feet day in and day out as they slowly heal. Other methods, which aren't as common, could be using an intensely hot laser beam, that heats up and vaporizes the area. It is still cutting off the last bone of each toe. Or they can preform a tendonectomy. This is when the tendon controlling the toes is completely severed. The cat's claws remain but are forced to remain inside of their paws and can only be extended if someone were to press on the top of the paw and the bottom to force them from the area. But it isn't just the horrific pain you're causing your cat, but you are also taking away a natural defense. As a person who has run an animal rescue since 2012, I can not tell you how many people have told me they've lost their "indoor only" cat. Just because you PLAN to keep your cat indoors, and just because you are careful not to let your cat out, doesn't mean it will never happen. If you've got a declawed cat, its chances of survival have been dramatically reduced. Attacked by a dog? Its only weapon against the massive and powerful jaws of the typically much larger and strong dog, is the cat's small teeth - and it's tiny jaw opening. It no longer has its most useful form of defense: its claws. Or if chased, your cat may not be able to climb a tree, fence or wall and escape the attacker. It's also not safe from cruel humans - who unfortunately are probably far more common than you're aware. Something I hadn't even realized until I began my rescue. There's a large chance of infection, the pain of a very slow and agonizing recovery - in which the cat is forced to use the area in which the so called surgery has been preformed (imagine breaking your leg, being denied pain medication or a cast, and having no choice but to use that leg still every single day), an increased risk of lameness in the paws and legs and back pain, and more. Some of you may now be asking - but how do I protect myself? My children? My furniture and home from the scratching? SIMPLE. (1) Trim your cat's nails. MAKE SURE YOU ASK A VET HOW TO FIRST. This is because if you cut too far, you could cause bleeding that won't stop without assistance. You should do this once a month. If uncomfortable, ask a groomer or vet to do it. Many groomers charge just $5! (2) Make sure your cat has scratching posts and/or a cat tower/tree. Cats should instinctively know to use these instead of furniture. If you want to be absolutely sure, get some catnip too. This is also a fun treat for your feline friend! Sprinkle a little bit onto the new scratching post or cat tree and do so once or twice a week. HAVE SOME BUT YOUR CAT NO LONGER USES IT OR NEVER HAS? There's a few reasons for this. If your cat seems to have become bored of their scratcher or tree, move it. Research has proven that a cat may avoid a tree or scratching post if it's in a spot they don't like. This may be because it's too dark or too bright, near something that makes noise, or right beside or above a vent that's far too cold. Move it to a new location, sprinkle on some catnip and pick up your cat and show them where it's now at. You should move the scratcher or cat tower/tree every month or so. IS YOUR CAT SCRATCHING YOU? FURNITURE? CARPET? Use soft plastic caps, easily found at most pet stores - including PetSmart or Pet Co. - or at your vet's office. They slip onto your cat's nails so that they can still use their claws as they want to, without causing any damage or pain. While using these nail caps (which are easily slipped on and off by you), use something that smells of either menthol or citrus in the area they scratch. Find something with that smell that you can spray on the furniture or area of carpet they're scratching. Cats hate the smell of citrus and menthol and should begin to quickly learn to avoid that area. And/Or have a spray bottle handy near that area so if you catch your cat doing it, spray them. Or try clapping your hands once - loudly - and yelling, chasing them off. Or use something that makes a loud scary noise. You can also try putting a strange texture on the area such as foil or double sided tape. Cats don't like strange and unknown textures and can quickly learn to avoid that area. If your cat is scratching people, it may be because it hates being picked up. Not all cats enjoy being picked up because they no longer feel in control and feel very insecure. If your cat is scratching because you/someone else is picking it up, stop making your pet so uncomfortable and fearful. Or maybe your cat scratches after being pet after a certain amount of time. Animals show signs before they're about to attack. It may be subtle or quite noticeable. Cats' nails will twitch side to side or even sometimes in circles when irritated. Their skin may tense up and they will often make some sort of noise - not like the common meow, but more of an irritated high pitch whine. If your cat does any of these things, stop what you're doing and leave them alone until ready for attention once more. The point is this: there is absolutely NO reason whatsoever you "have to" declaw your cat to be able to keep it while keeping your home or self or others safe and undamaged. There is ALWAYS something else you can do. Declawing a cat is TORTURE. There is no way to deny that. It is an extremely painful process, followed by an extremely painful and slow recovery. Your cat has no say in this horrific procedure - which can cause forever damage both mentally and physically; whether immediate or in the future. Please sign this petition so that we can end declawing cats here in Arizona. But Arizona is only the first stop. From here we can fight to end declawing all over the United States and possibly even elsewhere. We as humans must speak up for those who can't speak for themselves. We must protect those who can not protect themselves. So help me help them and save future cats from this barbaric act. * CAN'T HANDLE THE CLAWS? YOU CAN'T HANDLE A CAT. DON'T OWN A CAT IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CLAWS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. AND IF YOU WOULDN'T WANT IT DONE TO DO, DON'T DO IT TO YOUR PET. *
Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities
Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales
Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is found...at which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.
Stop C-sections with no anesthesia
I had a very healthy low risk pregnancy and was planning on delivering naturally. On 12/30/17 I went to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center to have my baby. My husband Brian and I went in at 3 am because we felt less movement then normal, after fetal monitoring and an ultrasound they found that our baby girl was perfectly healthy but because I was five days past my due date they were going to keep me at the hospital and induce my labor. At 5 am Dr. Megan Wiese broke my water and they started the oxytocin at 9:05 am. My oxytocin was raised little by little throughout the day but when it got to a 6 my baby went into distress so it was lowered back down for her safety. By that evening my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, I was 80-90% effaced and 7-8 cm dilated. The contractions were strong but my husband and I were breathing through them and managing the pain well. When the night nurse, Lisa Ranger, came in everything started in a downward spiral. She jumped my oxytocin from a 4 to a 10 within half an hour. When my husband saw her raising my oxytocin he told her we weren’t supposed to go above a 6 so we wouldn’t put the baby in distress, she turned the monitor away and told him not to tell me. My contractions went from 2-3 minutes apart to non-stop and unbearable. I had no rest between the contractions and they were so strong I could barely breath through them and I felt like it was putting my baby in danger. Around 9 pm Dr Wiese came in and said that I needed to get an epidural because I wasn’t relaxed enough for my labor to progress. At 9:15 Dr Geoffrey Noskar came to give me my epidural while I was still contracting and displayed at an 8. Immediately after I was given the epidural the nurse turned off my oxytocin then told me I would need a c-section because I stopped progressing. I told them to give me more time and that I didn’t want a cesarean. They continued to push a c-section and by early morning my husband and I agreed thinking it would be better to have it planned than to be rushed for an emergency surgery. The epidural beeped that it was low and when we told the nurse she shrugged it off saying there was still some left, then it went empty and we were told that they would give me more in the OR. The anesthesiologist came in with Dr. Wiese to take me down for the surgery. My husband walked beside me as they rolled me down the hall. I remember as they were taking him to get dressed that I was overcome with the strongest feeling to tell him how much I love him because I was going to die. They wheeled me into the operating room and I told the anesthesiologist that I could feel and move my legs and that the epidural wasn’t working anymore. I started shaking, slowly at first then all of a sudden my entire body was shaking uncontrollably. They strapped me down, arms straight to the side so I couldn’t move. Wiese started poking my stomach and asking “can you feel that?” I responded yes to every poke. Barely after I responded they started cutting into me. The unbelievable pain from being cut into is indescribable. I felt everything. I was screaming in more anguish than I knew possible. I couldn’t even hear my screams beyond the pain as I felt them cut deeper and across my abdomen. The blade kept cutting for an eternity. Time no longer existed to me. The only way I can describe it to someone is by saying I felt everything, it was worse than my worst nightmare. I remember at one point the doctor stopped momentarily and said “this isn’t working. She can feel this”. I had a brief moment of “oh please god let it stop” then the hell I was in continued as the surgery continued until finally they put me to sleep. My husbands account of what he saw during the c-section: When I walked in the first thing I saw was my wife with her back arched, arms strapped to the table and her neck straight up wit the back of her head pushing down on the table. Her neck back and head eerily contorted so I could see her face, eyes clenched shut, mouth wide open. The sounds I heard from her put me into another realm. The screams were so powerful I swear I felt pain. I sat down next to her with the anesthesiologist on my right, the surgeon in from of me performing active surgery. I asked the anesthesiologist why she was feeling this much pain. He said “its just some pressure”. I said no. This is not normal. Complete powerlessness came over me as I realize they’re going to let this happen to my dream girl, my perfect wife. I do the only thing I can do, I try to comfort her and let her know I’m there. “I’m with you Amy, I love you” as I caress her face. But Amy is not registering that I’m even there. I’m right next to her touching her and speaking but no response because she is screaming that god awful scream. I knew something was wrong and I sensed the nervousness in the room. I made eye contact with the anesthesiologist and asked “what is happening to my wife?!” He mumbled nervously when the medical director, who was next to the surgeon said “we brought you in because we thought you might be able to calm her down”. I responded firmly “this is not normal. She can feel this”. No one responded. I repeated it two or three more times “this is not normal”. That’s when I saw the anesthesiologist pull out a white bottle. Obvious to me being a pharmacist that it was propofol. Then they forced me to leave the room and my wife. I am in the hall alone for I don’t know how long. They finally bring me my daughter but I am so beside myself that I couldn’t even register what this thing was at first. I’m so sure her mother is dead. I ask the nurse who brought me my girl where is my wife, what is happening, is she ok? She said “weren’t you with her?” I shake my head. She looks confused and says “she should be fine I don’t know ask the nurse”. Over the next two hours I asked everyone, no one would tell me where my wife was or if she was even alive. When I woke up from the surgery my voice was gone from the screaming and I had excruciating pain on my right buttocks making it difficult to sit or lay down. I felt like someone had placed a bar in the bed where I was laying. Hours after the surgery I finally got to hold my little girl. Heartbroken that we didn’t get to witness the birth of our baby, my husband didn’t get to cut the cord, I didn’t get to have the precious bonding of skin to skin, and we didn’t get to keep the cord blood because the hospital lost it. I now have crippling anxiety and frequent panic attacks. I have trouble sleeping no matter how exhausted I am and when I do sleep I haven’t been able to stop having nightmares. No matter how they start they end with me waking up in cold sweats as I’m either being tortured and killed, or my baby is being killed or taken from me. I got shingles while in the hospital and when I asked about my pain and numbness in my buttocks they shrugged it off. I am still having throbbing pain every day, it is painful anytime I sit, lay down and exercise. The pain is progressing from my lower back and buttocks to my legs where they will go completely numb and I’m so weak I collapse. I have been diagnosed with post herpetic neuropathy and am waiting to see a neurologist to see why the pain is progressing. My baby girl was born at 4:31 am 12/31/17. What was supposed to be the most special event in our lives ended up being the most horrific. We strongly believe they manipulated the circumstances and put my life and the life of my baby at serious risk for the convenience of time. I was having a non-emergency c-section which Dr Wiese ordered hours before it was even discussed with me. There was no need for anything to happen the way it did and it all could have been prevented. While I am beyond grateful that my baby is healthy what happened to me is not okay. I know I am not the only one this has happened to until people start to care I won’t be the last. We live in the United States we should be leading world as the best place to give birth but instead we are amongst the lowest. Pregnant woman are not sick or disabled and they should still be in charge of their body and treated like a person, it’s not just women’s rights its human rights. Amy Woods
End Rodeos in Arizona
Rodeos have been around, for hundreds of years; they have been around for people to abuse animals, for the sole purpose of entertainment. These animals should not be wrestled, to be choked, to be body slammed, to be electrically prodded, or to be ridden on. There is no need to continue a tradition where animals break bones, tear tendons, hurt joints, endure any pain, or are even killed. As well as the animals, people have been killed while particpating in these events, as well as people attending them. Rodeos are acts of animal cruelty, are inhumane, and need to be stopped. Help make Arizona a more compassionate place to live.
Put the breaks on infertility, support AZ SB1149
1 out of 10 couples struggle with infertility, we've been that "1" at multiple points in our life. Struggling with fertility is stressful, heart wrenching, expensive, and often times filled with many unknowns. So many questions ran through our minds such as: will we be able to have children, even if we get pregnant will we have a healthy child, if we are successful once will we be successful again, why is this happening to us, am I preventing my spouse from being a parent. When we became pregnant the first time we were overjoyed, this joy was met with disappointment when we miscarried. We found further disappointment as we spent the following two years trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully. We were eventually blessed with two children followed by unexplained infertility then another child a few years later. We would love to grow our family again but have found that desire challenging, suffering 3 miscarriages in 18 months. The best chance we have of adding another healthy biological child to our family will require IVF, an expense our insurance does not cover and one that could cost us up to $17,000 out of pocket for a single round. As I look around, I see so many others also struggling with fertility and the longing to grow or start their families. I see the toll it takes on their body, their mental health, relationships, and their finances. I also look around and I see so many of our friends who have been deeply blessed by various fertility treatments. 15 States currently require insurance companies to cover infertility at various levels. The Arizona State Senate is currently considering a bill, SB 1149, which would require insurance providers who provide maternity care to cover infertility diagnosis and treatment. This bill would offer hope to so many struggling with infertility and would put parenthood within reach for so many. Arizona also has many children awaiting adoption and studies like the one by Cohen and Chen (2010), point out that states with mandates for insurance providers to cover infertility see no change or an increase in adoptions. Some researchers point to the reason being that perspective parents can receive fertility treatments for very low to no cost and still afford adoption, thus not replacing it as a means to grow a family. This is good news for the more than 4,000 Arizona children and thousands of others nation-wide awaiting adoption. Read the bill and follow its progress: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/70077?SessionId=119 You can help support those in need by adding your voice to this petition requesting the Arizona State Senate to pass SB 1149 during the 2018 Legislative Session.