PHOENIX, ARIZONA –– In a victory for reproductive health and rights, voters in Arizona elected Mark Kelly to the United States Senate. These results show that Arizonans want leaders in office who will protect their access to health care and reproductive freedom, every day and without fail.
Quote from Lola Bovell, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona:
“Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is thrilled to congratulate Mark Kelly on his victory. Kelly made clear throughout the campaign that he will stand up for our health care and reproductive freedom, and we were proud to mobilize our supporters to rise up and vote for him. Kelly’s victory proves once again that voters demand elected officials protect our health and rights — and those who don’t should prepare to lose their jobs. Martha McSally consistently voted to undermine Arizonans’ health care and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. And Arizonans voted her out.
Today, we celebrate this victory, and we look forward to working with Mark Kelly on fighting to protect and expand access to reproductive health care for Arizonans. The work on protecting access to safe, legal abortion and increasing access to health care for all Arizonans is far from over.”
Planned Parenthood Votes ran a seven-figure electoral program in the state of Arizona to secure the state’s eleven electoral votes for former Vice President Joe Biden and elect Kelly to the U.S. Senate. The program featured effective ads like “Typical Politician,” that slammed Martha McSally for spending her career attacking access to care. Planned Parenthood Votes worked to reach more than 740,000 voters in the state through phone calls, mail boxes, online engagement, one-on-one conversations with friends and family, and more. By electing representatives who will prioritize their health and reproductive rights, and holding Democrats’ majority in Congress, voters proved that supporting reproductive rights is not only the right thing to do, it is also politically advantageous.
Arizonans now have another champion in the U.S. Senate with Mark Kelly, who has demonstrated that he will support access to sexual and reproductive health care, and will fight nonstop to protect our health care because he understands the stakes for reproductive rights in the state. Kelly pledged to fight back against “any threat to women's reproductive rights” and to defend Roe v. Wade. He has also stood up against Trump and McSally’s plans to slash the Affordable Care Act and gut protections for the 2.8 million Arizonians with pre-existing conditions.
Americans were clear about where they stood even before this election: nearly nine in 10 women in this country will use birth control in their lifetimes, 77% of Americans don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, 70% of Americans favor ending the global gag rule, and a majority of young people — across political parties — support federal funding for abortions even though it is currently prohibited by the Hyde Amendment. For a fact sheet with more details on why supporting abortion is a winning political issue, click here.
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