Press Release California
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 23, 2023
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Phoenix, Arizona — Nearly one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ignoring over 50 years of precedent and ending the constitutional right to abortion. This ruling allowed anti-abortion lawmakers nationwide to enforce abortion bans, including in Arizona. While the courts have taken steps to block Arizona’s total ban on abortion, it remains on the books and threatens Arizonans’ access to abortion care. Meanwhile, a 15-week ban on abortion is currently being enforced.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Southwest Regional Director Caroline Mello Roberson released the following statement in response:
“The ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision to strip away the constitutional right to abortion cannot be understated. This ruling allowed a 15-week ban to be enforced, blocking millions of Arizonans from accessing the abortion care they need. This ban could not be more out of touch with the 90% of voters in the state who believe in the fundamental freedom to determine the trajectory of their own lives and families. Last November, Arizonans marked major victories up and down the ballot, electing Governor Katie Hobbs, Attorney General Kris Mayes and reelecting Senator Mark Kelly—showing us that NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona and our 75,000 members won’t back down from this fight. As we mark one year without Roe, we’re more determined than ever to continue to mobilize.”
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it opened the door for extremist state lawmakers to put total bans on abortion in place. This decision is having a devastating impact throughout the country as 20 states and counting have eliminated or restricted access because of abortion bans. The people hurt most by attacks on reproductive freedom are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.