ICYMI: Katie Hobbs Underscores Terrifying Impacts of Abortion Restrictions and Touts Plans to Restore Choice

Hobbs calls on Arizonans to “fight like women’s lives are on the line, because they are”

PHOENIX — Last week, Democratic nominee for governor Katie Hobbs spoke to voters about the terrifying attacks on abortion access and reproductive rights in Arizona. From hosting a press conference in Tucson with Democratic nominee for attorney general Kris Mayes, to speaking alongside pro-choice champions at the Women’s March, Hobbs is continuing to show voters that she’s the only candidate for Arizona governor who will protect and expand reproductive freedoms.

Katie Hobbs speaks at a press conference in Tucson

Click here to watch a clip from last week’s press conference on abortion in Tucson

At the Phoenix Women’s March on October 8, Hobbs spoke to hundreds of Arizonans about how reproductive rights are on the line this election. With the 15-week ban on abortion currently the law in Arizona, thousands of women and families are suffering. Hobbs underscored that electing a pro-choice governor is the path to overturning extreme restrictions on women’s health care.

While Hobbs is out speaking directly to Arizonans about how she’ll defend their reproductive freedoms, Kari Lake has tripled-down on her out-of-touch stance on abortion. Lake’s campaign has stated that she will not call for changes to the territorial ban that would arrest doctors and other medical providers, and does not allow for exceptions to rape or incest. Lake’s response to the plight of women is callous at best and cruel at worst. She has repeatedly referred to abortion as “murder” and women who seek abortion as  “executioners.” 

See below for highlights from last week’s news coverage:

ABC News: Arizona Democrats join Women’s March for abortion rights: ‘We are on a razor’s edge’

In partnership with Women’s Marches across the country, hundreds of Arizonans of all ages and races gathered with colorful signs outside the state capitol building Saturday to rally for abortion rights exactly one month before Election Day.

“Let’s fight like women’s lives are on the line, because they are,” Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for governor, told the crowd.

Arizona Republic: Hundreds rally, march across Arizona in defense of abortion rights 1 month before midterms

The rally featured other candidates in local and statewide races as speakers, including Democratic nominee for attorney general Kris Mayes. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, also spoke.

Katie Hobbs speaks at Women's March

“It is so important to channel this outrage into fighting for reproductive justice and voting for candidates who will protect abortion rights,” Hobbs told the crowd.

Arizona’s Family: Woman’s Wave of Action took to the streets of Phoenix

Katie Hobbs Women's March on the news

Democratic candidate for governor Katie Hobbs spoke at the Phoenix march, highlighting Arizona’s conflicting abortion laws. “I am outraged that these extreme laws, which have no exceptions for rape or incest, risk Arizonans fundamental freedoms to make our own decisions,” she said. “Women’s rights are hanging by a thread. The all-out war on reproductive freedom has dire consequences to women’s health.”

KGUN9: Changes to abortion law pushes young women to vote

Mayes and candidate for Governor Katie Hobbs took a stand for reproductive rights on Friday in front of the federal courts. Hobbs says she had a miscarriage herself.

“I can’t imagine what that situation would have been like if I was told that the best medical decision for my health would be considered a crime and end my doctor in prison,” Hobbs said.

Katie Hobbs speaking at Tucson press conference on the news

“As Arizona governor I will do everything in my power and use every tool at my disposal to restore abortion rights in Arizona,” Hobbs said.

Roll Call: Midterm state races see increased emphasis on abortion post-Roe

Arizona Democrat Katie Hobbs said, if elected, she plans to call a special legislative session on her first day to repeal the state’s abortion bans, and if that is unsuccessful she would work with advocates to advance a ballot measure that repeals and replaces the bans. Her campaign said it raised more than $1.2 million in the week after the implementation of the Arizona law.