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ICYMI– Marco Lopez Makes Sweeping Commitment to Pardon Providers and Recipients of Abortion Services

Phoenix, AZ—During the Democratic gubernatorial debate hosted by PBS’s Ted Simons, in which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Marco Lopez was the only participant, Marco announced a groundbreaking commitment to support pardoning health care providers criminalized for performing abortion services, as well as the women who receive those services. This is in addition to Marco’s support for codifying the right to choose into Arizona’s state constitution. 

“As a man, I will never know the feelings that it takes, and the stress that women in Arizona and their families are under because of this reversal,” said Marco Lopez in the June 30 debate. “But what I do know is I trust Arizona women to make that choice. I trust them and their healthcare provider to make that choice. And as governor I will stand up for them, with them.

“First I will support codifying the right to choice in our Arizona constitution. And second, I will support pardoning healthcare providers and the women who seek that care if they are criminalized in Arizona. That’s my commitment.”

You can view the full debate here.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization triggers a pre-statehood 1901 Arizona law that bans almost all abortion except in the case of threat to the mother’s life. The punishment for providing an abortion under this law is two to five years in prison. On June 29, Attorney General Mark Brnovich declared that the 1901 act would not be repealed by a recent law that would make abortion illegal after 15 weeks, furthering mass panic and confusion throughout the state.

In addition to his current commitments to uphold choice, as governor Marco Lopez will continue to look into different ways to protect women, families and healthcare providers from these antiquated abortion laws and push for legislation that will return basic freedoms to women across the state. 

Marco Lopez is running for governor because he believes in the Promise of Arizona – the promise that if you work hard, play by the rules, and treat people with respect then you can make it here in our state. It’s this idea that led Marco’s parents to immigrate to Arizona from Mexico nearly 50 years ago. They didn’t start out with much, but they dreamed that Marco and his sisters could do better than they did. That’s just what happened—Marco and his sisters were the first generation in their family to go to college. Once Marco graduated from the University of Arizona, he knew he had to give back. At just 21-years-old he ran for mayor of his hometown of Nogales and won, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the country. After winning two mayoral elections, Governor Napolitano asked Marco to serve at the state level as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce where he oversaw critical trade relationships in the state. Next, President Obama asked Marco to serve at the national level, where he oversaw a $13 billion budget and 60,000 people. In 2011, Marco left the administration to start his own small business here in Arizona just like his parents had done 40 years before. Over the past ten years Connect2Compete has brought high speed internet to one million low income families nationally, and in Mesa, AZ, SkyBridge Arizona is on track to create 15,000 quality Arizona jobs. Marco is running for governor because he believes the Promise of Arizona is still possible, but for too many people in our state today it’s out of reach. Marco has the leadership experience in the private and public sector to make that promise of opportunity that brought his parents to Arizona a reality for everyone. For more information, please visit www.marcolopez.com. 

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