As Senate Votes On Bill Codifying Roe v. Wade Protections, Kari Lake Still Supports Dangerous Abortion Bans

Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

ARIZONA -–  Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill to codify  Roe v. Wade protections, which Kari Lake has a long record of opposing. Lake called Roewildly inappropriate” and “unconstitutional” while supporting banning abortion in Arizona. 

Eight in 10 Americans agree that the government shouldn’t be involved in women’s freedom to make their own health care decisions and 9 in 10 Arizona voters believe in the freedom to decide when and how to start a family free from political interference. 

Kari Lake advocated for Roe v. Wade to be overturned:

  • Obviously, I think Roe v. Wade should be overturned.” [2/5/22]
  • “And just this week the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on an important abortion case called Dobbs V. Jackson. Legal scholars have noted that there is a potential conservative majority on the court in large part thanks to President Trump that could reverse or limit the unprecedented and wildly inappropriate court ruling of Roe v. Wade.” [12/9/21]
  • “I joined Congressman Gosar in praying for God’s guidance to the Supreme Court and an end to this national disgrace created under Roe v. Wade.” [12/9/21]
  • “Well, I think we’re on the verge of maybe some big news coming out of the Supreme Court. And I hope that that happens with the overturning of Roe versus Wade and that will change everything.” [1/26/22]
  • “And I’m so glad that we’re on the precipice of possibly seeing the law Roe versus Wade struck down.” [1/26/22]

Lake said she was “thrilled” about Arizona’s 1864 ban on abortion without exceptions for rape or incest:

  • I’m incredibly thrilled that we are going to have a great law that’s already on the books, I believe it’s ARS 13-3603. So it will prohibit abortion in Arizona except to save the life of a mother. And I think we’re going to be setting the, paving the way and setting course for other states to follow.” [6/24/22]
  • “I think the Supreme Court, I have a good feeling that they’re going to do the right thing this time and again. I’ll echo what Steve just said. We have a great law on the books right now. If that happens, we will be a state where we will not be taking the lives of our unborn anymore.[2/5/22]

When the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to put the 1864 ban back into effect, Lake said it was unfortunate the law wasn’t being enforced and called on sheriffs to begin enforcing the ban:

  • “And I think there’s a lot of people who want to say, ‘Oh, that law is on the books, and we have that law.’ No, we don’t have that law. She’s not enforcing the law, so we don’t have that law. The only people who can enforce that law are sheriffs, and we need to start asking if the sheriffs are going to enforce that. I don’t think they are.” [4/13/24]
  •  “And this law passed. The Arizona Supreme Court said this is the law of Arizona. But unfortunately, the people running our state have said we’re not going to enforce it. So it’s really political theater, we don’t have that law as much as many of us wish we did.” [4/20/24]

Read more about Lake’s  “clear record on” abortion: KJZZ: Lake: It’s ‘unfortunate’ AZ officials won’t enforce the state’s near-total abortion ban, CNN: Kari Lake bemoans fact that Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban is not being enforced, in another apparent shift, NewsMax: Kari Lake Flips, Now Favors Arizona Abortion Ban, Jezebel: Kari Lake Flip-Flops—Again!—on Civil War-Era Abortion Ban, RawStory: Kari Lake flips yet again as she hits opponents of Civil War era abortion law, KYMA/KECY: Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake says abortion ban isn’t being followed, NBC News: Kari Lake says ‘unfortunately’ Arizona isn’t enforcing 1864 abortion ban, flipping again, Arizona Republic Opinion: Kari Lake doubles down on her support for Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban, Copper Courier: Kari Lake calls on Arizona county sheriffs to make arrests over 1864 abortion ban, Rolling Stone: Kari Lake Wants Arizona Sheriffs to Enforce 1864 Abortion Ban, The Hill: Kari Lake flips on Arizona abortion ban, says ‘unfortunately’ it’s not being enforced, Arizona Republic: Kari Lake downplays 1864 abortion law, says Arizonans can travel ‘3 hours’ for procedure, Arizona Republic Opinion: Don’t Buy Kari Lake’s Fake Concern Over An Arizona Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

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