Arizonians Move to Codify Abortion In the State Constitution

Scott Giebel | July 3, 2024

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, some states have been striving to maintain access to abortion, asserting it as a "right." Arizona is now joining this effort by pushing for an Abortion Rights Amendment.

According to NBC News, a proposed amendment to enshrine access to abortion in Arizona’s constitution is one step closer to appearing on the November 2024 ballot.

Arizona for Abortion Access is leading the charge for this amendment to become a reality, having already gathered signatures from more than 823,000 registered voters — more than twice the 384,000 needed to move forward with the process. This underscores the stark reality that despite recent victories for the pro-life movement, a significant portion of Americans still believe in a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Chris Love, spokesperson for Abortion Access, shared his thoughts on the number of signatures they obtained, saying, "We've been in the field since last September with our volunteer and paid signature efforts."

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"This number is not only record-breaking but also demonstrates the strength of Arizona voters' desire to see abortion on the ballot and to have their say," he added.

In April, the conservative-leaning Arizona Supreme Court ruled to reinstate a near-total ban on abortion from 1864. Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs swiftly signed a repeal of the ban, which was not surprising.

Democrats are committed to reinstating Roe v. Wade, starting with overturning laws enacted by Republicans to protect life.

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