The investment will be strategically used to elect Sen. Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs, flip the Arizona House and Senate, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s office
ARIZONA — Today, Planned Parenthood Votes is launching its 2022 statewide electoral program in Arizona to get out the vote and elect sexual and reproductive rights champions up and down the ballot. The $1.5 million program will kick off with tomorrow’s Weekend of Action where Arizonan canvassers will knock on 3,000 doors and phonebank volunteers will make 2,500 calls. 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. The investment marks the largest-ever electoral program in the groups’ history.
Statement from Kelley Dupps, spokesperson, Planned Parenthood Votes in Arizona:
“Abortion rights are on the ballot in Arizona and whomever wins our elections will play a critical role in determining our ability to control our own bodies. We know what’s at stake for Arizonans and Planned Parenthood Votes will spend $1.5 million dollars to re-elect Sen. Mark Kelly and elect Katie Hobbs and other key champions for abortion rights. With less than 50 days until Election Day, Planned Parenthood Votes will work nonstop, communicating with Arizonans about which candidates want to protect their rights and which want to roll back the clock.”
This cycle, Planned Parenthood Votes in Arizona will reach over 200,000 Arizonans through canvassing, phone banking, mailing, paid advertisements, and radio. Local organizing teams will work to engage, inform, and mobilize voters in Arizona with a focus on the state’s Latino communities. Planned Parenthood Votes will focus on electing Katie Hobbs to the Governor’s office and re-electing Sen. Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate. The organization will also work to flip the Arizona House and Senate, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Abortion rights and access hang by a thread in the state, and with extreme candidates like Blake Masters and Kari Lake on the ballot, it is imperative that voters elect champions for reproductive freedom who will protect their right to make their own health care decisions. Following the overturning of Roe, 16 states have abortion bans in effect, meaning that 1 in 3 American women or reproductive age have lost the right to control their own bodies. Arizona could be next.
In August, GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters scrubbed his campaign website of extreme his views on abortion, knowing that he’s out of touch with the 87% of Arizonans who want abortion to be legal. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been eager to advance legislation restricting the right to an abortion, and Kari Lake is determined to continue his dangerous agenda.
Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will initially invest in eight other target states: Georgia, Nevada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will also be active in Colorado, California, Maine, Ohio, and Florida. In sum, the program will reach up to 6 million voters across the country.
Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes, 123 William St, NY NY 10038. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.