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March 31, 2022 / Memos

Arizona’s Reproductive Rights Coalition Responds to Governor Ducey Signing Bills that Attack Abortion, Trans, and Voting Rights


For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Contact: 

Elliott Kozuch, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, media@prochoiceamerica.org
DeShawn Taylor, MD, Desert Star Family Planning, 602-689-4464, d.taylor@desertstarfp.org
Eloisa Lopez, Pro-Choice Arizona, 602-403-8121, e.lopez@prochoicearizona.org
Amanda Mollindo, ACLU of Arizona, 602-773-6016, media@acluaz.org  
Jenny Guzman, Progress Arizona, 928-341-5411, Jenny@ProgressArizona.org (Available for Spanish language media inquires)

Arizona’s Reproductive Rights Coalition Responds to Governor Ducey Signing Bills that Attack Abortion, Trans, and Voting Rights

Phoenix, Arizona – Today, Arizona’s Reproductive Rights Coalition condemns Governor Doug Ducey’s signing of Senate Bill 1164 into law, a medically unnecessary ban on abortion care after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This bill is one of many signed by the governor that directly attacks our freedom to make decisions about our bodies, our families, and our democracy. Senate Bill 1164, along with several other bills just signed into law that target trans youth and voting rights, are part of a coordinated attack to fundamentally hinder the autonomy of Arizonans – especially those who already face compounding systemic barriers.

Dr. DeShawn Taylor, owner of Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix, Arizona, said:

“Governor Ducey seems to have forgotten who he works for. Nine in 10 Arizonans believe that we all should have the freedom to decide how and when we start or grow a family, free from political interference. Perhaps he’s counting on voters being purged so he doesn’t have to answer to all of the people who disagree with this bill. We refuse to sit by while our rights are stripped away and our voices silenced at the polls.”

Darrell Hill, policy director for the ACLU of Arizona, said:

“A vast majority of Arizonans believe in the right to abortion and want to ensure trans youth have every opportunity to thrive. The legislators who supported these bills know that their transphobic, anti-choice agenda is misaligned with the will of their constituents. Simultaneously passing voting restrictions is an easy solution to carry on without answering to the people they are supposed to represent. We stand with our community to hold the elected officials behind these unconstitutional attacks accountable – including Governor Ducey.”

Brianna Gordon from Tucson Abortion Support Collective said:

“Abortion care is still legal in Arizona, but if this bill goes into effect, it will have very real impacts on the lives of people who work hard to take care of their families. Many of our clients must already travel to reach care, take time off of work at their own cost, and arrange childcare. These are often insurmountable burdens because they add to the financial, logistical, and legal obstacles faced by abortion seekers in the state. We don’t need thoughts and prayers – we need these lawmakers to take the boot off our necks. We need funding for abortion care. And we need to protect and support folks across the state who are helping Arizonans get the care they need.”    

Parris Wallace, co-director of Black Political Cultivation AZ, said:

“Abortion bans have a disproportionate effect on low-income individuals, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, immigrants, disabled and rural Arizonans. These same groups are targeted by anti-voter legislation that will make it harder for eligible voters to cast a ballot. Abortion bans and transphobic bills–these efforts to stoke fear and divide us are connected to efforts to make it harder to vote. A handful of legislators are advancing a dangerous, self-serving agenda and with his signature, Governor Ducey has just endorsed it.” 

 

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The Arizona Reproductive Rights Coalition includes the following organizations:

American Association of University Women Arizona

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona

Arizona Birthworkers of Color 

Arizona Center for Women’s Advancement

Arizona Family Health Partnership

Black Political Cultivation AZ

Black Phoenix Organizing Collective

Camelback Family Planning

Desert Star Family Planning

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona

National Council of Jewish Women Arizona

Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalition

Pro-Choice Arizona / Abortion Fund of Arizona

Planned Parenthood Arizona

Progress Arizona

Secular AZ

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

Tucson Abortion Support Collective

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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