Defending Choice

As Governor, I will put the full force of my office behind an effort to let the people of Arizona vote on a constitutional amendment to protect a woman’s right to choose.

With Roe. v. Wade under attack, we can no longer count on federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.  If it is overturned, a decades-old Arizona law still on the books will effectively ban abortions in Arizona. We can’t let that happen, especially when 80% of Arizonans believe like I do, that these are difficult, personal choices that should be made by women without interference from the state. This should not be a partisan issue and is widely supported by Arizonans of all political leanings. In fact, 54% of Arizonans who supported President Trump in 2016 support reproductive freedom and access to abortion; believing that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself. If the legislature won’t send me a referral to the ballot, as Governor I’ll support a citizen-led effort to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot. That is their prerogative when legislative leaders refuse to heed the will of the voters. In fact, the people of Arizona have amended the constitution 156 times since the constitution was first adopted in 1912 - and I am confident they will do so again based on broad support for a woman’s right to choose.