Arizonans react to Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

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Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 8:55 AM MST|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 5:10 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -The Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion on Friday, June 24, in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade, and public reaction to the decision was swift.

Some Arizonans stepped out to voice their opinion at Planned Parenthood. Bob Pawson and his fellow allies stood outside in the heat with a handful of others to praise the decision.

“We’ve waited 50 years for this day, this very day to overturn Roe v. Wade,” he said.

Pro-life advocate Pam Anderson also stepped out to support saying, “Roe v. Wade never should have happened. It was unconstitutional. I’m glad the courts today have made it right. Now we can take it to the people, and by state we can choose the way we want to proceed forward.”

Later that evening, those on the pro-choice side gathered at the courthouse to protest the decision.

“It’s crazy that we’re going back in time and I have to bring my daughter here. It blows my mind and I believe in women. I believe in free choice for everybody, not just women, everybody,” protestor and mother Kristina Scott said.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero denounced the Supreme Court’s decision in this statement:

“Today is a hard day.

I want to start off by saying that the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, though not unexpected, is hard to accept. The Supreme Court has delivered a wrecking ball, dismantling the rights of SOME people in this country to make decisions about themselves and their own bodies, including accessing abortion services and reproductive healthcare. The decision itself, and Justice Thomas’s concurring opinion, opens the door to further attacks on the rights of people, including access to birth control, the right to marry who you love, and more.

We knew this was coming, which is why I asked Mayor and Council to proactively take action on June 7th to pass Resolution 23477 denouncing Senate Bill 1164 and other provisions of Arizona law criminalizing abortion. The resolution also gave direction to Chief Kasmar to revise the general orders. We also know this issue will disproportionately impact women and people of color. In collaboration with Chief Kasmar and Pima County Attorney Conover, Tucson residents will not face arrest or prosecution.”

Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement:

“A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family, and her doctor. Today’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and wellbeing of women in Arizona and across America.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve always supported women’s access to health care, and I’ll continue working with anyone to protect women’s ability to make decisions about their futures.”

Sen. Mark Kelly issued this statement:

“Today’s decision is a giant step backward for our country. Women deserve the right to make their own decisions about abortion. It is just wrong that the next generation of women will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did.

“In Arizona, there are already restrictive bans on the books that will take rights away from Arizona women, without exceptions even in the case of rape or incest. I know that this decision and these laws are leaving many Arizonans frustrated and scared. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. I am resolved to defend and protect the right of Arizona women to make their own health care decisions.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva released the following statement:

“Today, the far-right Supreme Court majority voted to strike down Roe v. Wade and overturn nearly 50 years of precedent that guarantees safe and legal abortions, despite Americans’ broad support for abortion rights. What comes next is a wave of oppressive anti-abortion laws in more than 20 states — home to roughly half the country’s population — that will target women and infringe on their constitutional right to critical reproductive health care.

“Let’s be clear: Patients should make their own decisions about their own bodies with their doctors without interference from Republican politicians. Period. I strongly believe in protecting and promoting access to health care and privacy — and that includes safe and legal abortion care.

“Many Republicans will celebrate this day as a victory, but the truth is that for decades, they’ve worked to revoke essential freedoms for patients to make choices about their own bodies and futures under the guise of a ‘pro-life’ agenda. Republicans aren’t ‘pro-life’. We’ve seen how they refuse to address gun violence, high maternal mortality rates, deny basic health care and contraceptives, deny access to paid family leave and universal childcare, cut programs that feed hungry kids and provide low-income families with opportunities to better themselves.

“This issue is about control. It is about mostly men, forcing women to carry a child against their will. It is about trapping women in our society in cycles of poverty, so that they cannot easily rise to challenge these men who fear their success. It takes away the most important and lifechanging decision a woman will ever make. It is a fundamental and disgusting restructuring of the progress we have made as a county to afford women equity.”

“Make no mistake, this decision will fall on the poorest and most vulnerable women in our country: women of color, young women, and low-income women. Women without means to travel or receive a safe abortion may face life threatening consequences and serious health risks. It also means the U.S. will join one of a handful of countries moving to criminalize abortion access.

“Democrats in the House of Representatives will not stand by as our country reverses decades of progress for women’s equality. We have already taken several steps to proactively ensure that women are able to make the health care decisions that work best for them. I cosponsored and voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which will legislatively protect abortion access. The Senate, including Senators Sinema and Kelly, must now do whatever it takes to pass these protections and get them to the President’s desk. I will never stop fighting to protect and grow the rights of women in this country. I will stand up for what the majority of Americans support, which is to leave health care decisions to a patient and their doctor – not politicians.”

Gov. Doug Ducey said the Supreme Court made the right decision:

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich applauded the decision in a statement released shortly after the announcement.

“Attorneys General have a solemn responsibility to defend the most vulnerable among us, and that’s exactly what we did today,” Brnovich said. “I look forward to seeing the issue returned to elected representatives where it belongs. As Americans, we believe in the dignity and value of every person.”

Brnovich joined an amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson supporting Mississippi’s law to protect life in July 2021. The Arizona Legislature passed an identical law to the one upheld in Dobbs, which will take effect in approximately 90 days.

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