Arizona’s abortion ban prepares the swing state for a 2024 election battle

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Arizona’s abortion ban prepares the swing state for a 2024 election battle

Election 2024, Abortion, Homepage News

Believe E. Pinho

April 9, 2024

Political backlash from both sides of the aisle came swiftly in Arizona on Tuesday following the electoral swing state’s Supreme Court ruling that reinstated an 1864 law banning all abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger


The ruling immediately put Arizona, which favored President Biden in the 2020 election, at the center of the national debate over how abortion will motivate voters in the 2024 rematch between Biden and former President Trump.

The decision came a day after Trump laid out his current position on abortion, saying he favors leaving it up to the states. Trump also took

credit ownership

for appointing the conservative Supreme Court justices that ultimately led to the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, returning decision-making power on the divisive issue to the states.

Arizona had banned abortions after just fifteen weeks. Advocates for Arizona for Abortion Access, a reproductive rights organization, say they have enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would protect access to abortion. The group said Tuesday that it had more than collected the roughly 384,000 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot.

As a result of this ruling, Arizonans will suffer and die at the whims of politicians and judges, said Chris Love, a spokesperson for Arizona for Abortion Access.

in a statement

. Arizona families deserve the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy and abortion, without the constant threat of government interference. That belief is driving our campaign now more than ever, and we will fight hard to restore abortion rights in Arizona this November.



response to the ruling, president biden pointed out that the law

was passed inhearkens back to

1864, before Arizona was a state and long before women had the right to vote.

“This ruling is the result of the extreme agenda of Republican elected officials committed to taking away women’s freedom,” Biden said in a statement. “Vice director


Harris and I stand with the vast majority of Americans who support women’s right to choose. We will continue to fight to protect reproductive rights and call on Congress to pass a law that extends Roe v. Wade’s protections to women in every state.”

Harris announced she will visit Tucson on Friday as part of her “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” tour. Hours after the ruling, she released a video statement pinning the blame for the Arizona law on Trump.

“It’s a reality thanks to Donald Trump, who proudly boasts that he is the person responsible for overturning Roe v. Wade and making it possible for states to enforce cruel bans,” Harris said in a statement .

Both Democratic and Republican


Candidates in the tight race for Arizona’s Senate seat immediately jumped into the fray to condemn Tuesday’s ruling.

“I am sorry for the women of Arizona,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said in a video posted to social media. “The fact that women in Arizona now have fewer rights than ever before, no control over their bodies, it’s just inhumane. But we’re not done yet. The state Supreme Court has had its say. We will have our say. And we will fight.”

Gallego’s campaign immediately pointed fingers at his

most prominent Republican

opponent, Kari Lake,


a former news anchor and loyal Trump supporter

to run for senator

. In a turn from her usual position of supporting abortion restrictions, Lake


she said


opposed the ruling. She called on the governor and state legislature to “provide an immediate, common sense solution.”

Lake said she agreed with Trump that abortion is “a deeply personal issue for each individual state and its people to determine,” but in the same breath, she disagreed with her state’s ruling.

During a PBS debate during her run for governor in 2022, Lake said, “I think the older law will come into effect. I think that will happen.”

“Okay, so you approve of that. What about conception?’ asked journalist Ted Simons.

“I believe life begins at conception,” Lake said.

“Okay, what do we do about abortion pills, what do we do about?” Simons began.

“I don’t think abortion pills should be legal,” Lake responded.

“Not in Arizona,” Simons confirmed.

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