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Arizona 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

  • Kyrsten Sinema (D), Endorsed
  • Martha McSally (R)

Kyrsten Sinema (D)

A tireless fighter for access to reproductive health care

I think that most people are tired of politicians dictating to women and their families what should be private, personal health care decisions.

— Kyrsten Sinema

Source: AZ Central

Kyrsten Sinema is a champion for access to reproductive health care and women’s rights who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Her record is clear: as a member of Congress representing Arizona’s 9th congressional district, she earned a 100 percent rating on Planned Parenthood Action Fund's congressional scorecard. As a former Planned Parenthood patient, she knows why Planned Parenthood is so essential to  communities across the country.

For too long, politicians in Arizona have stood in the way of women making decisions about their own bodies. As senator, Sinema will continue to trust women and fight to ensure that health care decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.

Why We Support Krysten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema on the Issues:


Sinema, a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, has voted “no” on every abortion ban introduced in Congress. Most recently, she voted against a dangerous 20-week abortion ban, stating, “It’s wrong for politicians to use women’s health to score political points.”

Sinema also recognizes that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and she’s consistently fought  efforts to undermine a person’s right to safe, legal abortion. According to Sinema, “Roe v. Wade establishes a woman's right to make health care decisions with her family and her doctor.”

Birth Control

Sinema supports people’s access to birth control. This includes voting against attempts to repeal the ACA, which has allowed  more than 62 million women access to no-cost birth control. In 2014, she co-sponsored a bill that would have prohibited employers from interfering in an employee’s health care decisions, including contraceptive coverage.

Sinema has also denounced the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine Title X, the nation’s family planning program that over 30,000 Arizona women rely on to access reproductive health care, including birth control.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

As a former Planned Parenthood patient herself, Sinema has a firsthand understanding of the vital care Planned Parenthood health centers provide for more than 90,000 Arizonans. She has opposed every attack on Planned Parenthood patients introduced in Congress. This includes voting against bills that would “defund” Planned Parenthood and restrict women’s access to safe, legal abortions at its health centers.

Grand Canyon State voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood, and as senator, Sinema will fight to protect Planned Parenthood health centers and their patients, no matter what.

Health Care Access

When politicians in Congress attempted to “defund” Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid — which more than 1.5 million Arizonans rely on — Sinema voted against every version of the bill.

Sinema believes all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of who they are or where they comes from. In fact, that’s one of the reasons Sinema supports Planned Parenthood health centers. She says, “Planned Parenthood provides services to women, men, and their families no matter where they live in this country, no matter how much money they have, and no matter what circumstances they’re in.”

Health Equity for All

Sinema is a champion for LGBTQ health and rights. She is a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, has co-sponsored legislation to protect transgender members of the military, and is the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

She is also a supporter of immigrant rights. Sinema voted against a bill that would defund sanctuary cities, and co-sponsored a bill would protect DACA recipients from deportation.

Martha McSally (R)

A major opponent of expanding access to reproductive health care

I believe that life begins at conception and…we need to make sure that the sanctity of life is preserved. This is our responsibility at the federal, the state, and the community level.

— Martha McSally

Source: Pima County Young Republican Club Debate

Martha McSally has voted time and time again to keep Arizonans from accessing quality, affordable health care — including voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip protections from people with pre-existing conditions. This anti-abortion candidate also tried to block Arizonans with low incomes from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

McSally has proven that she’d use her anti-reproductive health ideology to jeopardize Arizonans' access to care, and now she’s trying to take her dangerous agenda to the U.S. Senate. The stakes couldn’t be higher: McSally called Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who poses a grave threat to Roe v. Wade — “highly qualified,” and she pledged to confirm nominees like him who “will protect our values.” If Kavanaugh’s confirmed and Roe v. Wade is overturned, a pre-Roe law in Arizona would ban abortion in the state. 

Arizonans and the rest of country can’t afford to walk back progress and lose women’s constitutional right to abortion.

Why We Oppose Martha McSally

Martha McSally on the Issues:


McSally wants to ban abortion. She said Roe v. Wade — the case that affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion — is the “wrong direction” for the country that “we need to turn...around.”

It’s no surprise that McSally voted nine times to ban or restrict abortion access. That includes voting to ban abortion at 20 weeks and for a so-called “personhood” bill that would criminalize abortion providers. “Personhood” initiatives would make abortion illegal in almost all cases and ban the most common forms of contraception.

Birth Control

McSally’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act come in part from her fierce opposition to the law’s birth control benefit, which has given more than 62 million women access to no-copay birth control. Her opposition is in stark contrast to what Arizona voters want.

Instead of promoting birth control access, McSally voted for a bill that uses flawed information about the benefits of abstinence and rebrands abstinence as “sexual risk avoidance” in order to promote harmful, ineffective, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

McSally voted a whopping eight times to “defund” Planned Parenthood and block patients who rely on federal programs from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care at its health centers. She did this even though it put health care at risk for over 34,000 Arizonans who rely on Planned Parenthood and despite the fact that 63 percent of Arizonans oppose “defunding” Planned Parenthood.

McSally also lied about how Planned Parenthood and the health care system works — pushing the false claim that community health centers could make up for Planned Parenthood’s loss.

Health Care Access

The majority of Arizonans want to keep the Affordable Care Act as is. But McSally never listened. Instead, she spent years attacking the health care law. McSally’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act would’ve paved the way to gut Medicaid and strip protections for people with pre-existing conditions — threatening access to care for 1.4 million Arizona women. McSally also voted for a tax bill that will cut Medicaid and take away health insurance from millions of people nationwide.

Health Equity for All

McSally doesn’t believe in health equity for all people. She supports allowing health care workers to refuse to provide services that are against their "moral or religious beliefs” — such as refusing to provide birth control to patients or any type of care to LGBTQ patients.

She also voted to protect health care insurers that don’t cover abortion, as well as to allow discrimination against transgender service members’ health coverage. See a pattern? All these moves put health care for women and LGBTQ people particularly at risk.

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