State of Arizona Archives: on Abortion


Mark Kelly: Against making it harder for women to access health care

Q: Support Planned Parenthood receiving government funds for non-abortion-related care?

Mark Kelly: Yes. Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Will "reject efforts to make it harder for women to access vital health care services."

Martha McSally: No. Voted to let states deny Medicaid funding to health care providers who perform abortions. Supported health care plan that would have cut Planned Parenthood funding.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Arizona Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Mark Kelly: Supports every woman's right to choose

Mark supports every woman's right to choose how and when to start her family. He'll reject efforts to make it harder for women to access vital health care services, whether reproductive health care for themselves or critical programs like CHIP and WIC that help women and children stay healthy.
Source: 2020 Arizona Senate campaign website MarkKelly.com Jan 15, 2020

Mark Kelly: Supports reproductive rights, health and gender equity

In a written statement, Lola Sophia Bovell, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said Kelly "has demonstrated his commitment to eradicating the wage gap and lack of paid family leave giving all Arizonans the ability to lead full lives." The organization noted Kelly's support for reproductive rights and his commitment to "the broader goal of empowering people through health and gender equity by supporting comprehensive sex education, equal pay, and curbing gun violence."
Source: Arizona Mirror on 2020 Arizona Senate race Nov 14, 2019

David Garcia: I'll veto anti-abortion bills

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Doug Ducey (R): Mostly Ban. Has signed restrictions requiring doctors to ask if abortion is related to rape, incest, or domestic violence; telling patients that effect of abortion pills can be undone; & banning use of ObamaCare exchanges for abortion insurance.

David Garcia (D): Legal. "As governor, I'll veto anti-abortion bills & work to overturn laws that erode any rights to make our own personal health care decisions."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

David Garcia: Public funding for Planned Parenthood

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it based on religious beliefs?

Doug Ducey (R): Yes. Called it "a win for religious freedom."

David Garcia (D): Unclear, but strong supporter of access to birth control.

Q: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Ducey: No.

Garcia: Yes. Important for comprehensive health education, access to family planning & women's health services.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Doug Ducey: Employer-denied contraceptives: a win for religious freedom

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Doug Ducey (R): Mostly Ban. Has signed restrictions requiring doctors to ask if abortion is related to rape, incest, or domestic violence; telling patients that effect of abortion pills can be undone; & banning use of ObamaCare exchanges for abortion insurance.

David Garcia (D): Legal. "As governor, I'll veto anti-abortion bills."

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it based on religious beliefs?

Ducey: Yes. After US Supreme Court allowed some corporations to deny contraceptives, called it "a win for religious freedom & yet another blow to #ObamaCare."

Garcia: Strong supporter of access to birth control.

Q: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Ducey: No. Wanted to exclude Planned Parenthood from federal family-planning grant.

Garcia: Yes. Important for comprehensive health education.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Kyrsten Sinema: Women decide what's best for her health--not politicians

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Martha McSally (R): Ban. "I'm pro-life." Voted to ban after 20 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest, & life of the mother.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Legal. Uphold Roe v. Wade. "A woman, her family, & her doctor should decide what's best for her health--not Washington politicians."

Q: Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree morally?

McSally: Yes. Says not about women's access to contraception, which she supports, but legality of ObamaCare mandates.

Sinema: No. "Women in our district want a chance to.make their own health care decisions."

Q: Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

McSally: No. Voted to defund.

Sinema: Yes. Voted to continue allowing.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martha McSally: De-fund Planned Parenthood; denying contraception ok

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Martha McSally (R): Ban. "I'm pro-life." Voted to ban after 20 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest, & life of the mother.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Legal. Uphold Roe v. Wade. "A woman, her family, & her doctor should decide what's best for her health--not Washington politicians."

Q: Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree morally?

McSally: Yes. Says not about women's access to contraception, which she supports, but legality of ObamaCare mandates.

Sinema: No. "Women in our district want a chance to.make their own health care decisions."

Q: Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

McSally: No. Voted to defund.

Sinema: Yes. Voted to continue allowing.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Unrestricted rights within Roe vs. Wade standards

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Strongly Support within Roe vs. Wade standards

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Marks: Pro-choice but it's a state issue

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: I believe in pro-choice but do not believe it should be in-scope on the federal level as it is a state issue.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Keep government out of reproductive decisions

Across the country, we are seeing attacks on women's sexual freedom, from the defunding of programs allowing women to receive vital health care services and information, even when they cannot afford them, to employers being given the right to determine the reproductive choices available to their employees. Highly personal decisions should be made by individuals with a minimum of interference from the government and should never be based on government religious interpretation.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Dec 12, 2017

Joe Arpaio: Put up new abortion obstacles when courts tear them down

Sheriff Joe Arpaio used to require pregnant inmates in his jails to get a court order before being allowed out of their cells to obtain a desired abortion. Needless to say, he was sued, and he lost. So he switched tactics to require any inmate who wanted an abortion to prepay the transportation and security costs, something not required for any other off-site medical procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union took the sheriff back to court and won again.
Source: Abortion-News.info on 2018 Arizona Senate race Nov 9, 2017

Kelli Ward: Always been pro-life

Kelli believes that traditional principles and values strengthen our communities and make America stronger. Her professional record as a physician and her record as an Arizona State Senator have proven that she is and has always been pro-life.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senatorial website KelliWard.com Oct 1, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Woman's right to choose including funding

Across the country, we are seeing attacks on women's sexual freedom, from the defunding of programs allowing women to receive vital health care services and information, even when they cannot afford them, to employers being given the right to determine the reproductive choices available to their employees.

Highly personal decisions should be made by individuals with a minimum of interference from the government and should never be based on government religious interpretation.

Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Jul 17, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Keep women's reproductive health services in ObamaCare

"Now more than ever, we must fight to ensure that Congress improves the Affordable Care Act, rather than repealing and replacing it with a plan that strips away health care for families and crushes the economy."
Source: 2018 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Deedra2018.com Apr 10, 2017

John McCain: Defund Planned Parenthood

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Kirkpatrick: Yes

McCain: No. Co-sponsored 2015 bill to defund

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Kirkpatrick: No

McCain: Yes. Only exceptions are rape, incest, & when woman's life is endangered.

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Kirkpatrick: No

McCain: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2016

ACLU: Let doctors tell truth: drug-induced abortion not reversible

Legislative Summary: SB1318: Prohibits any health care exchange operating in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape & incest. Requires a physician to inform the woman of the possible reversal of a medication abortion.

Analysis by The Guardian (6/4/15):Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, [and others] are challenging SB1318, which requires doctors to tell women having a drug-induced abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most medical experts as wrong and misleading. The lawsuit argues that compelling doctors to provide this information against their best medical judgement, with "extreme consequences" for non-compliance, is a violation of their first amendment rights.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-24-3 on Mar/23/15; Passed Senate 18-11-1 on Mar/25/15; Signed by Gov. Ducey on Mar/30/15. A federal district court found in favor of the ACLU and overturned SB1316 on July 23, 2016.

Source: The Guardian/ACLU analysis of Arizona voting record SB1318 Jul 23, 2016

Doug Ducey: Doctors must tell women drug-induced abortion is reversible

Legislative Summary: SB1318: Prohibits any health care exchange operating in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape & incest. Requires a physician to inform the woman of the possible reversal of a medication abortion.

Analysis by The Guardian (6/4/15):Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, [and others] are challenging SB1318, which requires doctors to tell women having a drug-induced abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most medical experts as wrong and misleading. The lawsuit argues that compelling doctors to provide this information against their best medical judgement, with "extreme consequences" for non-compliance, is a violation of their first amendment rights.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-24-3 on Mar/23/15; Passed Senate 18-11-1 on Mar/25/15; Signed by Gov. Ducey on Mar/30/15. A federal district court overturned SB1316 on July 23, 2016.

Source: The Guardian/ACLU analysis of Arizona voting record SB1318 Mar 30, 2015

Andy Biggs: Doctors must tell women drug-induced abortion is reversible

Legislative Summary: SB1318: Prohibits any health care exchange operating in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape & incest. Requires a physician to inform the woman of the possible reversal of a medication abortion.

Analysis by The Guardian (6/4/15):Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, [and others] are challenging SB1318, which requires doctors to tell women having a drug-induced abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most medical experts as wrong and misleading. The lawsuit argues that compelling doctors to provide this information against their best medical judgement, with "extreme consequences" for non-compliance, is a violation of their first amendment rights.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-24-3 on Mar/23/15; Passed Senate 18-11-1 on Mar/25/15; State Sen. Andy Biggs voted YES; Signed by Gov. Ducey on Mar/30/15. A federal district court overturned SB1316 on July 23, 2016.

Source: The Guardian/ACLU analysis of Arizona voting record SB1318 Mar 25, 2015

Kelli Ward: Doctors must tell women drug-induced abortion is reversible

Legislative Summary: SB1318: Prohibits any health care exchange operating in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape & incest. Requires a physician to inform the woman of the possible reversal of a medication abortion.

Analysis by The Guardian (6/4/15):Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, [and others] are challenging SB1318, which requires doctors to tell women having a drug-induced abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most medical experts as wrong and misleading. The lawsuit argues that compelling doctors to provide this information against their best medical judgement, with "extreme consequences" for non-compliance, is a violation of their first amendment rights.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-24-3 on Mar/23/15; Passed Senate 18-11-1 on Mar/25/15; State Sen. Kelli Ward voted YES; Signed by Gov. Ducey on Mar/30/15. A federal district court overturned SB1316 on July 23, 2016.

Source: The Guardian/ACLU analysis of Arizona voting record SB1318 Mar 25, 2015

Steve Farley: Don't misinform on drug-induced abortion reversal

Legislative Summary: SB1318: Prohibits any health care exchange operating in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape & incest. Requires a physician to inform the woman of the possible reversal of a medication abortion.

Analysis by The Guardian (6/4/15):Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, [and others] are challenging SB1318, which requires doctors to tell women having a drug-induced abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most medical experts as wrong and misleading. The lawsuit argues that compelling doctors to provide this information against their best medical judgement, with "extreme consequences" for non-compliance, is a violation of their first amendment rights.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-24-3 on Mar/23/15; Passed Senate 18-11-1 on Mar/25/15; State Sen. Farley voted NO; Signed by Gov. Ducey on Mar/30/15. A federal district court overturned SB1316 on July 23, 2016.

Source: The Guardian/ACLU analysis of Arizona voting record SB1318 Mar 25, 2015

Doug Ducey: Staunchly anti-abortion

Ducey held a convincing lead of 37 percent in the six-way race after most of the ballots had been counted. His closest rival, ex-mayor Scott Smith, took some 22 percent of the vote.

"Now the real race begins," said the staunchly anti-abortion Ducey, 50, a former chief executive of ice cream company Cold Stone Creamery, whose supporters include Tea Party favorite Texas Senator Ted Cruz and hardline Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Source: Reuters coverage of 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 27, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Fierce advocate for choice

In recent years, we've also seen a disturbing trend of politicians trying to dictate how health care should be administered to women. In Congress, I will be a fierce advocate for choice, just as I have been in Arizona.

When the Arizona legislature tried to block women from getting birth control through their insurer, I stood up to fight it. I did the same when the legislature moved to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to millions of women throughout the country.

What is so upsetting about these recent attempts to block access to comprehensive women's health care--including contraception and abortion--is that these decisions aren't motivated by science. The only reason these bills exist is cynical politicians who think they gain an advantage by pushing these ideas. Those of us who stand against Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and block access to health care have the facts on our side, and voters see that.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Fred DuVal: Criticized anti-abortion legislation

DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for "disappointing") and F (for "failure") for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer's push to deny driver's licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.
Source: AZ Illustrated Politics on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 4, 2014

Richard Carmona: Championed women's health and pre-natal health services

Carmona served in the Bush administration as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General. In that position, he championed women's health care and pre-natal health services. He left the position after the administration tried to make health care a political issue.
Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Give every woman access & choice in reproductive healthcare

Throughout my time as US Surgeon General, I remained steadfast in my belief that every woman should have access to comprehensive health care, including retaining access to reproductive health care options and FDA-approved prescription contraceptives.

As a medical doctor, I know that a woman's access and choice of reproductive health care options is an intensely personal decision left best decided by a woman and her physician. I also believe it is important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the United States through supporting medically-accurate, comprehensive sex education for our kids, taking steps to prevent teen pregnancy and providing access to pre-natal care for all women.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Mitt Romney: Church employee birth control violates religious conscience

Q: Birth control is the latest hot topic. Do you believe in birth control, and if not, why?

ROMNEY: In the previous debate, we wondered why in the world did contraception come up? Well, we found out when Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience. I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama. Most recently requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees health care insurance that would include birth control, sterilization and the morning-after pill. Unbelievable. And he retried to retreat from that but he retreated in a way that was not appropriate, because these insurance companies now have to provide these same things and obviously the Catholic Church will end up paying for them.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Mitt Romney: MA churches can choose to not provide morning-after pills

Q: Speaker Gingrich has said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Did you?

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their part. Likewise, there's a provision in Massachusetts General Law that says people don't have to have coverage for contraceptives or other type of medical devices which are contrary to their religious teachings. Churches also don't have to provide that.

GINGRICH: Well, the reports we got were quite clear that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law. When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Opposing contraception isn't extreme; legal infanticide is

Q: Birth control is the latest hot topic. Do you believe in birth control, and if not, why?

GINGRICH: Two quick points. The first is there is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes. That's legitimate. But I just want to point out, not once did in the 2008 campaign did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. If we're going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion.

ROMNEY: In the previous debate, we wondered why in the world did contraception come up? Well, we found out when Barack Obama continued his attack on religious conscience. I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Ron Paul: Morning-after pill same as birth control pill; not immoral

Q: Sen. Santorum said he would talk about what "no president has talked about before--the dangers of contraception." Your thoughts?

PAUL: As an OB doctor, I've dealt with birth control pills and contraception for a long time. This is a consequence of government control of medical insurance. The problem is the government is getting involved in things they shouldn't be involved in, especially at the federal level. But along the line of the pills creating immorality, I don't see it that way. I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills. So you don't blame the pills. The pills can't be blamed for the immorality of our society.

GINGRICH: When government provides a morning-after abortion pill [under ObamaCare], you inevitably move towards tyranny.

PAUL: Actually, the morning-after pill is nothing more than a birth control pill, so if you legalize birth control pills, you really can't separate the two. They're all basically the same, hormonally.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Jim Pederson: Kyl proposed an abortion amendment with zero exceptions

Q: Why do both your ads have to be so negative?

KYL: Some of his ads are downright false, distortions even according to the Arizona print media. In one ad he suggests I want to make it a crime for women to have an abortion. I donít. I never did. Thereís never been a bill in the Congress to do that. Why would you take such a sensitive and emotional subject and put that in an ad that absolutely lies about somebodyís career?

PEDERSON: You sponsored two constitutional amendments to prohibit abortion. You could have made an exception for rape. You could have made an exception for incest. You could have made an exception for the health of the mother. You didnít. If those constitutional amendments had passed, all of those provisions would have been contained in the constitution. We told the truth in that ad.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix (X-ref Kyl) Oct 15, 2006

Jon Kyl: I have never voted to make abortion illegal

Q: Why do both your ads have to be so negative?

KYL: Some of his ads are downright false, distortions even according to the Arizona print media. In one ad he suggests I want to make it a crime for women to have an abortion. I donít. I never did. Thereís never been a bill in the Congress to do that. Why would you take such a sensitive and emotional subject and put that in an ad that absolutely lies about somebodyís career?

PEDERSON: You sponsored two constitutional amendments to prohibit abortion. You could have made an exception for rape. You could have made an exception for incest. You could have made an exception for the health of the mother. You didnít. If those constitutional amendments had passed, all of those provisions would have been contained in the constitution. We told the truth in that ad.

Source: Arizona 2006 Senate debate at KPHO in Phoenix Oct 15, 2006

Janet Napolitano: Vetoed requiring notarized permission for minor's abortion

HB 2666: Requires the written consent obtained by a physician from a pregnant minor's parent or guardian/conservator authorizing the physician to perform an abortion on the pregnant minor to be notarized.

Support of HB 2666 by ACC:The Arizona Catholic Conference supported six pro-life bills that were vetoed by Gov. Napolitano, including measures to require a parent's notarized signature before an abortion and a codification of procedures that a minor must follow prior to obtaining a judicial bypass for an abortion.

Veto message from Gov. Napolitano:This bill poses an unnecessary and unwise burden on the families of girls who seek abortions. Forcing a family to locate and procure the services of a notary to obtain a confidential and constitutionally guaranteed medical procedure is inappropriate.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 18-10-2 on Apr/11/06; Passed House 39-20-1 on Apr/12/06; Vetoed by Governor on Apr/17/06

Source: ACC analysis of Arizona voting record HB 2666 Apr 17, 2006

Andy Biggs: Favor requiring notarized permission for minor's abortion

HB 2666: Requires the written consent obtained by a physician from a pregnant minor's parent or guardian/conservator authorizing the physician to perform an abortion on the pregnant minor to be notarized.

Support of HB 2666 by ACC:The Arizona Catholic Conference supported six pro-life bills that were vetoed by Gov. Napolitano, including measures to require a parent's notarized signature before an abortion and a codification of procedures that a minor must follow prior to obtaining a judicial bypass for an abortion.

Veto message from Gov. Napolitano:This bill poses an unnecessary and unwise burden on the families of girls who seek abortions. Forcing a family to locate and procure the services of a notary to obtain a confidential and constitutionally guaranteed medical procedure is inappropriate.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 18-10-2 on Apr/11/06; Passed House 39-20-1 on Apr/12/06; State Rep. Andy Biggs voted YES; Vetoed by Governor on Apr/17/06

Source: ACC analysis of Arizona voting record HB 2666 Apr 12, 2006

Ann Kirkpatrick: Oppose requiring notarized permission for minor's abortion

HB 2666: Requires the written consent obtained by a physician from a pregnant minor's parent or guardian/conservator authorizing the physician to perform an abortion on the pregnant minor to be notarized.

Support of HB 2666 by ACC:The Arizona Catholic Conference supported six pro-life bills that were vetoed by Gov. Napolitano, including measures to require a parent's notarized signature before an abortion and a codification of procedures that a minor must follow prior to obtaining a judicial bypass for an abortion.

Veto message from Gov. Napolitano:This bill poses an unnecessary and unwise burden on the families of girls who seek abortions. Forcing a family to locate and procure the services of a notary to obtain a confidential and constitutionally guaranteed medical procedure is inappropriate.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 18-10-2 on Apr/11/06; Passed House 39-20-1 on Apr/12/06; State Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick voted NO; Vetoed by Governor on Apr/17/

Source: ACC analysis of Arizona voting record HB 2666 Apr 12, 2006

Kyrsten Sinema: Oppose requiring notarized permission for minor's abortion

HB 2666: Requires the written consent obtained by a physician from a pregnant minor's parent or guardian/conservator authorizing the physician to perform an abortion on the pregnant minor to be notarized.

Support of HB 2666 by ACC:The Arizona Catholic Conference supported six pro-life bills that were vetoed by Gov. Napolitano, including measures to require a parent's notarized signature before an abortion and a codification of procedures that a minor must follow prior to obtaining a judicial bypass for an abortion.

Veto message from Gov. Napolitano:This bill poses an unnecessary and unwise burden on the families of girls who seek abortions. Forcing a family to locate and procure the services of a notary to obtain a confidential and constitutionally guaranteed medical procedure is inappropriate.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 18-10-2 on Apr/11/06; Passed House 39-20-1 on Apr/12/06; State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema voted NO; Vetoed by Governor on Apr/17/0

Source: ACC analysis of Arizona voting record HB 2666 Apr 12, 2006

Tom O`Halleran: Favor requiring notarized permission for minor's abortion

HB 2666: Requires the written consent obtained by a physician from a pregnant minor's parent or guardian/conservator authorizing the physician to perform an abortion on the pregnant minor to be notarized.

Support of HB 2666 by ACC:The Arizona Catholic Conference supported six pro-life bills that were vetoed by Gov. Napolitano, including measures to require a parent's notarized signature before an abortion and a codification of procedures that a minor must follow prior to obtaining a judicial bypass for an abortion.

Veto message from Gov. Napolitano:This bill poses an unnecessary and unwise burden on the families of girls who seek abortions. Forcing a family to locate and procure the services of a notary to obtain a confidential and constitutionally guaranteed medical procedure is inappropriate.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 18-10-2 on Apr/11/06; State Sen. Tom O'Halleran voted YES; Passed House 39-20-1 on Apr/12/06; Vetoed by Governor on Apr/17/

Source: ACC analysis of Arizona voting record HB 2666 Apr 11, 2006

George W. Bush: No litmus test except interpretation of the Constitution

KERRY: I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade. The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people heís tried to appoint to the court he wants to. I will not.

MODERATOR: Kerry claims that you had never said whether you would like to overturn Roe v. Wade. Would you?

BUSH: What heís asking me is, will I have a litmus test for my judges? And the answer is, no, I will not have a litmus test. I will pick judges who will interpret the Constitution, but Iíll have no litmus test.

KERRY: The president didnít answer the question. Iíll answer it straight to America. Iím not going to appoint a judge to the Court whoís going to undo a constitutional right, whether itís the 1st Amendment, or the 5th Amendment, or some other right thatís given under our Constitution. And I believe that the right of choice is a constitutional right. I donít intend to see it undone. Clearly, the president wants to leave in ambivalence or intends to undo it.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: No undoing Constitutional rights, including right of choice

KERRY: I will not allow somebody to come in and change Roe v. Wade. The president has never said whether or not he would do that. But we know from the people heís tried to appoint to the court he wants to. I will not.

MODERATOR: Kerry claims that you had never said whether you would like to overturn Roe v. Wade. Would you?

BUSH: What heís asking me is, will I have a litmus test for my judges? And the answer is, no, I will not have a litmus test. I will pick judges who will interpret the Constitution, but Iíll have no litmus test.

KERRY: The president didnít answer the question. Iíll answer it straight to America. Iím not going to appoint a judge to the Court whoís going to undo a constitutional right, whether itís the 1st Amendment, or the 5th Amendment, or some other right thatís given under our Constitution. And I believe that the right of choice is a constitutional right. I donít intend to see it undone. Clearly, the president wants to leave in ambivalence or intends to undo it.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Gabby Giffords: Abortions should always be legally available

Source: 2000 Arizona State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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