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Abortion in Arizona: Groups continue to rally and react

Anti-abortion rights groups gather in front of Planned Parenthood
Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 12, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — In the wake of the Arizona Supreme Court decision on abortion in Arizona and Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Tucson, local groups are rallying to let their voices be heard.

In front of Planned Parenthood on Friday morning, a group of anti-abortion rights activists held a rally. Lisa Andresen, a member of the Students for Life, stood with her sign and her story.

"I had an unplanned pregnancy at 17," she said. "I knew what it was like to have a pregnancy test come up positive in the most terrifying way."

Now, she works to support women in crisis pregnancies. As the conversation around abortion continues, she said the fight isn't over.

"I don't see this as a win, not at all," she said. "Especially with the ballot amendments that we have coming up in November. I feel like this will motivate the other side tenfold. And unfortunately there's a lot of misconceptions about what this ballot is going to do."

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Planned Parenthood Arizona released a statement that said abortion is an essential part of healthcare.

"...and we will not allow extremists to bully our patients and providers from receiving and delivering care," Dr. Jill Gibson, the chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Arizona, wrote.

The Arizona Right to Abortion Initiative may be on the ballot this November as a constitutional amendment. Laura Pedersen, an anti-abortion activist, said the fight is at the ballot box.

"Vote our values," she said. "Are you going to vote to save the lives of babies, or are you going to vote to slaughter them?"

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Tina Giuliano is a reporter for KGUN 9. She is a native Arizonan and grew up in Scottsdale. Tina is passionate about storytelling and is excited to work telling Tucson's stories. Share your story ideas and important issues with Tina by emailing tina.giuliano@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.