Democratic Legislators introduce Reproductive Rights Resolution
Part of national movement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senators Linda Lopez, Olivia Cajero Bedford and Representative Katie Hobbs announced today that they are introducing a first of its kind resolution (SR1002) to the Arizona Legislature proclaiming the week of January 22, 2012 as Reproductive Rights Awareness Week to raise awareness about women’s reproductive rights in Arizona on the day after the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
“A majority of Americans believe that matters related to reproductive rights are personal issues to be decided on by each individual woman, yet Arizona laws not reflect this,” said Senator Linda Lopez. “Women’s rights are human rights, plain and simple, and they should not infringed upon by those who ignore public opinion in pursuit of their rigid ideologies.”
With last year’s attack by Tea Party Republicans on Planned Parenthood, the combination of laws to decrease funding for family planning services has resulted in the lowest number of reproductive healthcare options available to Arizona women in years.
"I’m proud that in our country, we can set a precedent and example for undeveloped countries where deaths are more prevalent, and show that by allowing a woman and her family to make their own decisions, we can work together to reduce the number of abortions and maternal deaths due to government regulation invading the privacy of the family. In Arizona, that privacy is at stake and we will continue to work to make sure the Tea Party isn't deciding what's right for families."
The recent decrease in women’s healthcare resources is especially hard on Arizona’s rural and minority communities.
Sen. Cajero Bedford
“I represent a district where nearly 50 percent of my constituents are Hispanic and where women are finding fewer options for family planning and access to medical care,” said Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford. “Last year, former Senate President Russell Pearce advocated for the proliferation of "freedom, liberty and constitutional rights" in this state, yet when it comes to women’s reproductive rights, this standard is certainly not being upheld.”
Click here to see state leaders from around the country who are part of this week’s national awareness movement. Click these links for more information on reproductive healthcare in America, Arizona and the world.