Arizona Democrats and abortion activists respond to ‘overwhelming’ Supreme Court ruling

Paul Ingram

As many Arizona Republicans celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, Arizona Democrats and abortion activists were quick to condemn the decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Roe v. Wade was a poorly reasoned decision that had no constitutional basis,” Governor Doug Ducey tweeted. “The Supreme Court made the right decision in finally overturning it and returning power to the people and to the states,” he said. country life. Here, we will continue to cherish life and protect it in every way possible.”

Ducey signed a bill in March that makes it illegal for a woman to have an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, even if the patient has been the victim of incest or rape.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said officials had “a solemn responsibility to defend the most vulnerable among us, and that’s exactly what we did today.” Brnovich, who is running for the GOP Senate nomination, claimed some credit for the decision, writing that he signed the amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson supporting the Mississippi law.

“I look forward to seeing the issue returned to elected officials where it belongs. As Americans, we believe in the dignity and worth of every person,” he said.

“The opinion also bolsters the power of ‘states rights’ and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments,” Rep. Mark Finchem said in a press release. “I am delighted that the Court has overturned what was essentially a bad opinion from 1973 which has since claimed the lives of more than 60 million babies in their mothers’ wombs.”

Meanwhile, Nikki Lee, a Tucson City Council member and vice mayor, called the decision “crushing.”

“As a woman, a mother of daughters and a community leader, today’s Supreme Court decision strikes me as overwhelming,” she said. “I continue to remember the faces and stories of women in the 70s and 80s who participated in the 2017 Tucson Women’s March. They fought so hard to ensure women had autonomy over their healthcare decisions decades ago, and it’s clear the struggle continues.”

“I stand ready to support all efforts to protect women in our community, and now is the time to support candidates for state legislature and governor who will protect a woman’s right to make her own decisions. health,” she said.

“While not unexpected, this violation of our rights is difficult to accept,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero wrote. “The Supreme Court has thrown a wrecking ball, dismantling the rights of SOME people in this country.”

Kevin Dahl, Tucson City Councilman for Ward 3, reiterated that idea, writing on Facebook that his immediate response after the decision is to “double down on my support for Democratic candidates for Arizona legislature who are pro-choice, and I invite you to do the same”. . Especially in swing neighborhoods.”

“The Republican Arizona Legislature has already passed laws (which until now could not be enforced) that will now prevent women’s free choice from deciding what happens to their bodies,” he said. writing. “Let’s respond loud and clear. What are your plans for responding to this outrage?”

“The Supreme Court is supposed to follow where things are at in society, and that’s one of the biggest mistakes they’ve ever made, it’s incredibly wrong,” said the Pima County Supervisor, Matt Heinz.

Heinz, who said he was completing a 24-hour shift at Tucson Medical Center, noted that the court’s decision puts abortion care in limbo because it’s unclear how Arizona laws, including a 1912 territorial law banning abortion, will work. “It’s just something doctors need to be aware of now,” Heinz said. Doctors, he said, are “trying to do the right thing”, and it will be harder to ensure patients are “treated holistically”.

Heinz also lobbied for an effort to secure a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights in Arizona. “I strongly encourage people to take a look at this,” he said.

Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, which is leading the petition to win the amendment in the November ballot, said in a statement that they were “scaling up” their campaign to “give voters the opportunity to preserve the fundamental right to abortion in Grand Canyon State through constitutional amendment.”

“The Supreme Court’s catastrophic decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is one of the worst in our country’s history. The decision will result in a violation of the fundamental right of all women to comprehensive reproductive health care and to privacy. It will have a direct and immediate effect and devastating effects for millions of people across the United States, disproportionately affecting marginalized women and families,” said Dr. Victoria Fewell, obstetrician-gynecologist and president of Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom “We urgently need to pass a constitutional amendment that protects access to this life-saving medical procedure.”

The group must collect 350,000 valid signatures by July 7 to ensure the amendment passes the November ballot.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, gubernatorial candidate, tweeted: “Knowing that this day is coming does not lessen the pain. Without Roe’s protection for the right to choose, governors are now the last line of defense. advocacy to protect access to safe and legal abortion.Getting out to vote for pro-choice champions at the state level has never been more urgent.

“A woman’s health care decisions should be made between her, her family and her doctor,” Arizian Senator Kyrsten Sinema wrote on Twitter. “Today’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and well-being of women in Arizona and across America. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have consistently supported the women’s access to health care, and I will continue to work with anyone to protect women’s ability to make decisions about their future.”

U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, who is widely expected to challenge Sinema for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming Senate election, called on Sinema and other senators to “break the filibuster and codify Roe.”

“Women will soon be arrested for doing what is best for themselves. They have lost their autonomy and become second-class citizens. We are weaker as a country,” he said. he writes. “Break the glass, it’s time.”

Senator Mark Kelly called the move “a giant step backwards for our country.”

“It’s just not true that my granddaughter has fewer freedoms than my grandmother,” he tweeted. “Women deserve the right to make their own decisions about abortion. Period.”

U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva strongly criticized the court’s decision, writing “despite broad American support for abortion rights,” the “far-right” majority overturned nearly 50 years of precedent.

“This question is about control,” he said. “It’s mostly about men, forcing women to bear a child against their will. It’s about trapping women in our society in cycles of poverty, so they can’t easily rise up to challenge those men who fear their success.”

It takes away the most important and life-changing decision for a woman,” Grijalva said. “It’s a fundamental and disgusting restructuring of the progress we’ve made as a county in delivering equity for women.”

“Make no mistake, this decision will fall on the poorest and most vulnerable women in our country: women of color, young women, and low-income women. It also means that the United States will join one of the few countries to want to criminalize access to abortion.

“What comes next is a wave of oppressive anti-abortion laws in more than 20 states – home to roughly half of the nation’s population – that will target women and violate their constitutional right to essential reproductive health care,” he said. Grijalva said. “Let’s be clear: Patients must make their own decisions about their own bodies with their doctors without interference from Republican politicians. Period. I am a firm believer in protecting and promoting access to health care and privacy – and that includes safe and legal abortion care.

Grijalva also criticized Republicans, writing that they “have worked to revoke essential freedoms for patients to make choices about their own bodies and futures under the guise of a ‘pro-life’ agenda,” Grijalva said. . “Republicans are not ‘pro-life.’ We’ve seen how they refuse to address gun violence, high maternal mortality rates, deny basic health care and contraceptives, deny access to family leave pay and universal child care, cut programs that feed starving children, and provide low-income families with opportunities to better themselves.”

Grijalva also urged Arizona senators to do “whatever it takes to pass” abortion protections and “get them into the president’s office.”

“Decades of restrictive laws have already caused many Arizonans to experience serious barriers to abortion care,” said Jennifer Allen, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “Banning abortion even further will leave no choice but to carry a pregnancy to term. Forcing someone to carry a pregnancy against their will has life-altering consequences, including serious health risks related to continued pregnancy and childbirth, making it harder to escape poverty, derailing education and career plans, and making it harder to leave an abusive partner.”

“We cannot afford to remain silent, and the ACLU of Arizona will work closely with partners to mobilize our community against anti-abortion attacks,” Allen continued. “Make no mistake: The Supreme Court’s decision is an unprecedented attack on the rights of everyone who could become pregnant, but the fight to defend access to abortion is far from over.”

Maria Coxon-Smith contributed to this report.

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