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ARIZONA — Yesterday, the Pima County Superior Court sided with anti-abortion politicians and allowed a near-total abortion ban from 1864 to take effect in Arizona. Both Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters support abortion bans and restrictions. Lake previously called this 150-year-old abortion ban a “really great law that is currently on the books,” and Masters has called for a “federal personhood law” banning abortion nationwide. 

Kelley Dupps, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Votes in Arizona, blasted Lake and Masters for their extreme views:  

“Kari Lake and Blake Masters want to drag us backward. This archaic abortion ban strips nearly all Arizonans of the right to control our own bodies — a right 87% of Arizonans support. Arizonans are now living in the world Lake and Masters envision: One without reproductive freedom and where politicians have the power to decide how we live our lives.

“They’re grossly out-of-touch and if elected, will continue to push their dangerous and unpopular anti-abortion agenda. We cannot and will not let that happen. Arizonans were already outraged by the limited access to and restrictions on abortion in our state and this ruling will only add fuel to the fire. This November, we’re racing to the ballot box to re-elect Sen. Mark Kelly and send Katie Hobbs to the governor's office.”

Yesterday, Planned Parenthood Votes launched a $1.5 million 2022 midterm electoral program in Arizona to elect sexual and reproductive rights champions up and down the ballot. The electoral program in Arizona is part of “Take Control,” a national $50 million campaign by Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations to protect reproductive rights across the country.

Today is a national Weekend of Action, where Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations in Kansas, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and Minnesota are leading actions to mobilize voters ahead of November’s midterm elections. In Arizona, canvassers are knocking on 3,000 doors and phone bank volunteers are making 2,500 calls.

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