July 25, 2022 Press Releases

NBC: Latino Democrats: Fight for abortion rights will rally voters

ADP Chair Terán: “This is going to help us deliver a message that we are the party that welcomes Latinos and is fighting for freedoms.”

PHOENIX — With Arizona’s August 2nd primary and the 100-day mark to the general election right around the corner, Latino Democratic elected officials are rallying voters around abortion access, calling Arizona “ground zero” for reproductive rights. 

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Terán, Tucson Mayor Romero,
and State Senator Quezada at a “Defend Choice” press call last week

On a press call last week, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán, Tucson mayor Regina Romero, and State Senator Martín Quezada blasted the “extreme, draconian” laws pushed by ultra-MAGA Republicans in Arizona. An NBC article covering the event highlighted Democratic efforts to protect abortion rights and mobilize Latino voters in Arizona.

Read the full piece here, or see below for key excerpts:

  • “Latinos are a constituency that understands that what is happening right now [abortion restrictions] is about control,” said Raquel Terán, an Arizona state senator seeking re-election. Terán also serves as the state Democratic Party chair.
  • “This is going to help us deliver a message that we are the party that welcomes Latinos and is fighting for freedoms,” Terán said.
  • The Democratic focus on reproductive rights is happening across several contests, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said. […] She noted that in Tucson, before Roe v. Wade was overturned, she and other local officials passed a resolution ordering police to not arrest people who seek abortions or respond to calls about medical facilities providing abortion services.
  • “From every single level of government, this particular election is important, from governor to treasurer to secretary of state … for us to remove MAGA Republicans,” Romero said.
  • “Reproductive rights, it absolutely impacts communities of color more,” State Sen. Martín Quezada said. “The reason why … is because of the economic impact it has on them, because of the ability to then get jobs and to determine your future. […] We want our Latino community to be able to get jobs and be able to determine their economic stability, and they can’t do that if they aren’t making their own health decisions.”