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McSally Can’t Run from her Record Attacking Arizonans’ Health Care at Tonight’s Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; media[email protected]
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Phoenix, AZ — Unelected Senator Martha McSally has spent this campaign desperately trying to do two things:

  1. Rewrite her record attacking Arizonans’ health care, including her multiple votes to eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions
  2. Tie herself to Trump and her special interest donors as much as possible, no matter the consequences for Arizonans.

Unfortunately for her, Arizonans (still) aren’t buying her act. In her short time in office, she has proven that she will always side with Trump and Mitch McConnell’s anti-health care agenda and her insurance industry donors. McSally has taken over $600,000 from the health insurance industry while spending her time attempting to chip away at safe, legal abortion, advocating to rob Planned Parenthood health centers of the funding they need to deliver health care services to Arizonans, and attacking protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The impact of McSally's attacks on our health care are glaringly evident, especially in the Trump administration's incompetent, failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fortunately, Arizonans will have a health care champion on tonight’s debate stage in Mark Kelly, who will fight nonstop to protect our health care because he understands the stakes for reproductive rights in the Grand Canyon State.

Statement from Kelley Dupps, Planned Parenthood Votes spokesperson in Arizona:

“Tonight’s debate will show that Martha McSally is still the same self-serving, typical politician who Arizonans rejected two years ago, and they will reject again this November. No amount of disingenuous and misleading ads can change the fact that when given the chance, McSally consistently voted to undermine Arizonans’ health care and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. No amount of pledges of independence will change the fact that she has always followed Trump’s lead and attacked Planned Parenthood and access to safe, legal abortion whenever she’s had the opportunity. McSally won’t be able to run from her record tonight, and she won’t be able to run from defeat at the ballot box. Arizonans are ready to send Mark Kelly, a true champion for our health and reproductive rights, to the U.S. Senate.”

No matter how McSally tried to mislead or rewrite her record at tonight’s debate, here is the truth:  

  • McSally voted 8 times to deny Planned Parenthood health centers their critical funding, which could put reproductive health care services for Arizonans in jeopardy.
  • McSally sided with the Trump administration when they implemented the gag rule that forced Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program, which provides affordable birth control, STI tests, cancer screenings, and more.
  • McSally praised Kavanaugh as “a highly qualified nominee,” in spite of serious concerns about his credibility and warning signs that Kavanaugh would be a staunch opponent of reproductive rights as a justice. She also quickly signaled her support for Amy Coney Barrett, despite her record of hostility to the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights.
  • McSally vowed on the campaign trail that she would support banning abortion.
  • Before a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle protections for pre-existing conditions, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) urged her colleagues to ‘get this f---ing thing done,' jeopardizing affordable coverage for 709,000 Arizonans.
    • McSally refused to oppose the Trump administration's lawsuit to overturn the ACA, saying “That’s their decision” and “it’s not my role” to oppose the lawsuit. The impact of overturning the ACA, as McSally advocates for, would be especially devastating now during the Trump administration's incompetent, failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • McSally has been consistently fact-checked about her claims about protecting people with pre-existing conditions. As the Washington Post explained, “Daines, Gardner and McSally have voted to end the Affordable Care Act. People with preexisting conditions would have been left exposed because of those votes; insurers could have denied coverage or jacked up prices for sick patients." [Washington Post, 7/15/20]


Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.