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Governor Signs Repeal of 1864 Abortion Law Marking a Historic Moment for Reproductive Rights and the Rejection of Extreme Republican Policies on Abortion 



May 2, 2024

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PHOENIX — Since its introduction, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) has been supporting Democratic lawmakers’ efforts to pass a repeal of the 1864 Territorial abortion ban. Today, Gov. Hobbs’ signature marks a significant victory for Arizonans and their right to make decisions about their own body.  Alejandra Gomez, Executive Director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), issued the following statement:


"While Arizona Republicans mourn the rejection of their extreme policies and views on abortion, LUCHA stands with Democratic lawmakers, who were able to successfully pass a repeal of the Civil War-Era abortion ban and send it to the Governor's desk for signature. Today’s signature by Gov. Hobbs is a crucial step in restoring reproductive rights and bodily autonomy for all Arizonans. The reinstatement of this nearly 200-year-old law by the Arizona Supreme Court was a disastrous decision that put countless lives at risk and stripped away our most basic rights. Arizonans deserve bodily autonomy and the freedom to access abortion care. This repeal is a significant victory in that fight, however, the fight for permanently safeguarding a person’s right to choose is far from over. It is up to us this November to decide once and for all that these deeply personal decisions should be left to patients, their families, and their medical providers—not Republican politicians or some right-wing radical court.”


LUCHA is committed to continuing our work to protect and expand reproductive rights in Arizona and will be supporting the Arizona for Abortion Access Ballot Initiative. We know that the most effective way to engage voters is at the doors, and that is why we will continue to have those conversations through Election Day in November. 


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About Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA):

Living United for Change in Arizona is a grassroots organization dedicated to building power with Arizona's working families. LUCHA fights for racial, economic, and social justice, striving to create a just and equitable society for all. Check us out on social media and our website for more information.

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