PHEONIX, AZ — In response to the Arizona legislature passing a 15-week abortion ban, a new Planned Parenthood Action Fund advertising campaign tells Gov. Doug Ducey: “NO ABORTION BANS.” The $50,000 ad buy will reach over 100,000 Arizonans across television and digital platforms and run for two weeks. The Arizona State House of Representatives yesterday voted to pass the bill which is now on Gov. Ducey’s desk for his signature or veto.
The ad campaign follows Arizona’s attempts to pass a dangerous bill that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. With the future of Roe v. Wade pending before the Supreme Court, a growing number of states have moved quickly to pass abortion restrictions and bans. Among those states are Florida, Idaho, and Oklahoma.
Sarah Standiford, national campaign director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said:
“Arizonans, not politicians, should decide what happens to their bodies, their families, and their futures. As the second state this year to pass an abortion ban after 15- weeks of pregnancy, we know that state politicians are pushing these dangerous restrictions despite seeing the harm and chaos similar bills are causing in other states. Make no mistake — this bill is in direct contradiction to public and medical opinion, and will absolutely harm Arizonans if the governor signs the bill into law. We will hold Gov. Ducey accountable and remind him that he serves the people of his state who overwhelmingly demand that he not dismantle their constitutional rights.”
Brittany Fonteno, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates Arizona, said:
“The legislators pushing this extreme legislation do not represent the values of our community. We know that 70% of Arizonans support access to abortion, not the criminalization of medical professionals. Politicians need to stop attacking pregnant people and start delivering on the things our families need the most.
We know those who voted in favor of this law in the House and Senate will not stop at a 15-week ban. They will continue to chip away at abortion care until abortion is illegal in Arizona. That is why we need Gov. Ducey to veto this cruel and harmful legislation. Arizonans will remember in November who fought for their rights and who allowed them to be chipped away."
Arizona’s 15-week ban won’ t just impact patients who need access to timely abortion services. If signed into law and allowed to go into effect, Arizona doctors could be charged with a felony — potentially facing a year in prison — and lose their medical licenses if they perform an abortion that doesn’t meet the law’s restrictions.
With the right to abortion being reconsidered at the Supreme Court, state lawmakers are already moving bans and restrictions at a rapid pace so that they go into effect after the court’s decision. Arizona already has several restrictions in place, including a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound requirement before patients can have an abortion. People who already face the greatest barriers to health care due to systemic racism and discrimination will be most affected by this legislation.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy, and limited electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.