Long Live Roe v. Wade: Where I Stand

In less than four years, President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court Justices, 45 federal appeals court judges, and one out of every four federal district court judges. Because of this, in 2020 women’s rights and the right to choose in Pima County face unprecedented threats. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Arizona’s barbaric “zombie” abortion laws criminalizing abortion, which were passed in the dark days before Roe, will be used by those eager to take advantage. A.R.S. 13-3603 imprisons anyone who provides a woman with an abortion for a minimum of two years. A.R.S. 13-3604 imprisons any woman who obtains or even asks for an abortion for a minimum of one year. Yes, these laws are still on the books.

If Roe falls, it will be up to Arizona’s 15 elected county attorneys to decide how to lawfully manage these laws. We must be concerned for the rights of women and families in other AZ counties if Roe is overturned. But if elected as Pima County Attorney and as a life-long supporter of Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose, I will fight for the abolition of these laws and fight to regain equality and dignity for the women and families of Pima County. Those ugly laws might remain on the Arizona books, but here is my promise about prosecutorial priorities on this point: no woman will ever spend one minute in jail for her choice under my watch.