Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs condemns Republicans by tracing state’s abortion law to Dobbs decision

Gov. Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) blamed Republicans for the state’s abortion ban, tracing it back to 2022’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld an 1864 law banning abortions in nearly all cases, only making exceptions when the mother faces immediate life-threatening conditions. Despite denouncements from many of the state’s Republicans, Hobbs condemned them for the decision, laying the blame squarely at their feet.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks to reporters at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Jonathan Copper)

“The fact is that some of the Republicans right now, who are saying that this decision went too far, are the same politicians who celebrated the Dobbs decision, which paved the way for this court ruling today,” she said in an interview with CNN. “And the speaker of the House and the Senate president both weighed in in this case with amicus brief, urging the court to do exactly what it did today.”

Hobbs and her administration have vowed to fight the ruling, with the governor urging the legislature to take action.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, Hobbs vowed to use everything in her power to prevent “radical extremists” from taking “control over women’s bodies.”

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes vowed not to allow the law to be implemented.

“No woman or doctor will be prosecuted under this draconian law … as long as I am attorney general,” she said. “Not by me, nor by any county attorney serving in our state. Not on my watch.”

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Several Republicans, wary of abortion backlash hurting their chances in November, have largely denounced the ruling. Senate hopeful Kari Lake was among those who announced her opposition.

“This is a very personal issue that should be determined by each individual state and her people,” Lake said in a statement on Tuesday. “I oppose today’s ruling, and I am calling on Katie Hobbs and the State Legislature to come up with an immediate common sense solution that Arizonans can support.”

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