• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on Gov. Hobbs Repealing Draconian Abortion Ban in Arizona

May 2, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Katie Hobbs signed legislation into law that repeals Arizona’s 1864 draconian total abortion ban. Once the repeal goes into effect, the state will remain under a Republican-passed 15-week ban that doesn’t allow for exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Katie Hobbs is the third Democratic pro-choice woman governor to repeal outdated abortion laws in her state. EMILYs List President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response:  

“This is why we do what we do — because it matters who you elect. And when we elect Democratic pro-choice champions like Gov. Katie Hobbs, we can fight back against anti-abortion Republicans’ efforts to restrict our freedom.

“Trump and the Republican Party are working towards a future where every state faces total abortion bans. Thanks to Democratic pro-choice legislators in the Arizona House and Senate, we were able to repeal this draconian law. This November, it’s on all of us to elect more Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot that will further protect abortion access in Arizona and across the nation.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.