Doug Ducey is the Republican governor of Arizona, a state that currently has two Democratic senators and President Joe Biden narrowly won in 2020. Arizona is what political analysts would call a “purple” state. And on On Wednesday, Ducey signed into law two anti-trans bills, a voting restriction and a 15-week abortion ban.
Ducey once again proves that voter suppression goes hand in hand with passing unpopular laws, and it also proves that abortion bans are not limited to red states: lawmakers in Minnesota and Wisconsin introduced bans during this legislative session, and the three Republican candidates for Michigan Attorney General to think that Roe vs. Wade badly decided.
Even if the state you live in isn’t considering banning abortion, it might come close to one that does. As a result, you or someone you love can find it harder to get a datebecause people are come in your state for the care they should be able to obtain at home. States of which Oregon, Illinoisand California prepare for the influx of patients that is already happening and will get worse.
And while SB 1164 may not sound as shocking as a six week ban copy the infamous Texas law and Arizona legislators introduced one of them too – it’s still an abortion ban two full months before the previous ones in both deer and Family planning c. Casey (24 weeks versus 15 weeks). The Supreme Court is actively considering upholding an identical 15-week ban from Mississippi in a successful business called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The Arizona bill, which does not take effect until 90 days after the end of the legislative session on July 22, 2022, cuts off access to abortion after the first trimester, meaning it will have an impact on low-income people who need time to raise money and organize logistics. such as childcare and people who receive bad news about their health later in pregnancy.
“Abortion bans have a disproportionate effect on low-income people, Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, immigrants, the disabled and rural Arizonans,” said Parris Wallace, co-director of Black Political Cultivation AZ. , in a press release. “These same groups are being targeted by anti-election legislation that will make it harder for eligible voters to vote. Abortion bans and transphobic bills – these efforts to stoke fear and divide us are linked to efforts to make it harder to vote. A handful of legislators advance a dangerous and self-serving agenda and with his signature, Governor Ducey has just endorsed it.
If the high court upholds Mississippi’s abortion law, as planned by the end of June, that means 15-week bans spent in Louisiana and, now, Arizona, could go into effect. Similar invoices in Florida and Kentucky await the signature of their governors. Abortion bans do not stop abortions, but like these and the Texas-style bans spread across the country, more people will travel, abortion fund will be further stretched, and it could become more difficult for people in purple and even blue states to get essential care. Remember that the next time you spread news of an abortion bill in the South or Midwest.