Opinion: With freedoms on the line, Arizonans can’t afford another Trump abortion ban

By Yolanda Bejarano

January 19, 2024

Fifty-one years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade that gave women the basic — and necessary — rights to privacy and equality, and the freedom to keep deeply personal medical decisions between them and medical professionals.

However, thanks to Donald Trump, Roe is gone, and Arizona women have been forced to live under an extreme abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest. In anticipation of Roe being overturned, Arizona Republicans made sure to restrict Arizonans’ rights further by passing an extreme abortion ban that was quickly signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Now, we’re bracing for a ruling from our state Supreme Court as Republicans attempt to reinstate an archaic abortion ban from 1864 — which existed before women even had the right to vote and before Arizona was even a state.

This shouldn’t be the Arizona we’re living in, where our freedom to make our own healthcare choices is relentlessly attacked and ripped away from us, but it is — thanks to Donald Trump and Arizona Republicans like Kari Lake, who praised the overturning of Roe.

Now, he and MAGA Republicans, from Rep. Juan Ciscomani to Rep. David Schweikert, want to take it even further with a national abortion ban.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, on the other hand, have championed an unwavering defense of our freedoms and right to privacy by calling on Congress to codify Roe and vowing to veto any national abortion ban that comes to the president’s desk.

The contrast between President Biden and Donald Trump couldn’t be clearer: Trump would strip away Arizonans’ rights while President Biden is fighting to protect them. The stakes for our freedoms are high, but Arizonans will once again reject Trump this November.

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  • Yolanda Bejarano

    Yolanda Bejarano is the daughter of immigrants and a lifelong Arizonan raised in Roll. Most recently, she was the Field Director for Communications Workers of America, where she trained and recruited union members to build worker power. Yoli is an organizer at heart and values grassroots movements.

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