Protest erupts outside AZ Senate building: Leaders sent to safe room to vote

Law enforcement is forced to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters outside the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. (Arizona State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita)

Luke 21:10-11 “Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 Great earthquakes will occur in various places, and there will be famines and pestilence. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • Arizona abortion protest: Police release tear gas, lawmakers ‘held hostage’ in Senate building
  • “Protesters threatened to break the AZ Senate entryway glass,” Republican Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers tweeted, as members were in the middle of voting on a series of bills.
  • The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation as lawmakers were instructed not to exit the building, Republican Arizona State Senator Kelly Townsend said
  • The Republican Caucus of the State Senate later called the protest an attempted “insurrection.”
  • The state’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, said that “this wasn’t a peaceful or lawful protest.”
  • “We are headed to a secure room to go vote,” Rogers said.
  • The votes included a massive expansion of the state’s private school voucher system that passed the House earlier this week.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed the law limiting abortions to 15 weeks in March.
  • The old law, created in Arizona’s territorial days, strictly prohibits abortion. It also calls for a mandatory prison sentence of two to five years for violators. The only exception to the ban is for abortions that are necessary to save a woman’s life.
  • The state Senate’s Republican majority said Friday that the old law totally banning abortion is enforceable. For now, it remains unclear which law will take precedence. The state court system, likely the Arizona Supreme Court, will have to settle the issue.

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