The following is an excerpt from KJZZ article “Abortion ruling puts new focus on Arizona’s Attorney General race,” published on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Arizona’s current attorney general, Mark Brnovich has sought to revive a statute from Arizona’s territorial days that bans abortion in almost all circumstances.
“It’s a dark day in American history. We refuse to go backwards & I will fight like hell to ensure women have control over our own bodies.When elected Attorney General my 12-point plan for protecting & retaining reproductive rights – incl. the right to an abortion – starts DAY 1,” says Democratic candidate for Attorney General Kris Mayes.
“These races are absolutely crucial,” said Claire Knipe, political director for Arizona List.
The mission of Arizona List has always been to back pro-choice women running for office. But in the days after the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling came down, Arizona List zeroed in on the race for attorney general, telling supporters one of the most important things they could do to protect abortion rights in the state would be to elect Mayes to that role.
“Even if we aren’t able to flip the legislature, even if we don’t get the governor’s seat and are able to veto bills, she would still have the ability to stop some of this prosecuting and be able to protect folks here in Arizona,” Knipe said.
Polling from OH Predictive Insights suggests nine out of 10 Arizona voters do want abortion to remain legal, at least in some circumstances in the state.
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