ADP Statement on the Enforcement of Arizona’s Pre-Statehood Abortion Ban

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 23, 2022
Contact: Hannah Goss,

ADP Statement on the Enforcement of Arizona’s Pre-Statehood Abortion Ban 

#AZSen Candidate Blake Masters Has Already Called to Take the 1864 Abortion Ban Nationwide
PHOENIX — Following today’s ruling by the Arizona Superior Court enforcing Arizona’s territorial-era abortion ban, ADP spokesperson Hannah Goss released the following statement:

“This decision is devastating for the millions of Arizona women who just lost the fundamental right to make their own health care decisions. It’s critical to remember: Blake Masters has said he wants to ‘go on offense’ and take Arizona’s restrictive abortion ban nationwide, criminalizing abortion without exceptions for rape or incest and mandating jail time for health care providers in all fifty states. It’s never been more clear: Blake Masters is a risk that Arizona women — and women across this country — cannot afford.”
See below for a rundown of Blake Masters’ dangerous abortion position: 

  • HuffPost: “I don’t think it’s enough to return it to the states,” [Masters] added. In 2021, he also called on Congress to pass a personhood law and said support for abortion rights has become “demonic” and likened it to “religious sacrifice.”
  • Washington Post: Asked last year on One America News if he would support a national ban similar to an Arizona law dating back to the 1800s that “bans all abortions,” Masters said yes.
  • AP: In Arizona, Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters described abortion as “demonic” during his GOP primary, calling for a federal personhood law that would give fetuses the same rights people have after they’re born. […] “Of course, I support Lindsey Graham’s 15-week bill, and I hope it passes,” Masters said this week.
  • Arizona Republic: “The federal government needs to step in and say, ‘We recognize life here and no state can permit abortion,’” he told the crowd at a February gathering of the Queen Creek-San Tan Valley Republican Women Club. “That’s what I think playing offense on pro-life looks like.”


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