Former President Donald Trump is boldly claiming responsibility for the repeal of Roe v Wade, claiming in social media posts and interviews that he was the only one who could do it, with “nobody else even coming close.”
In usual Trump manner, he claimed sole credit for removing Roe v. Wade in a message on his social media platform, naming the Supreme Court justices who were key in abolishing the law that safeguarded abortion rights worldwide.
Pro-choice Arizona activists are well aware of this fact and are determined to “never give up the fight.”
According to the ACLU of Arizona, the organization is “committed to working with impacted communities to protect comprehensive reproduction health.”
“But even before Roe v Wade was overturned, Arizona state lawmakers passed many unnecessary restrictions on abortion that make this form of healthcare less safe and disproportionately impact the same people who have always faced systemic barriers to care — communities of color, people living on low-incomes, undocumented immigrants, young people, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.”
Arizona pro-choice advocates are determined to get this message—from Trump himself—out to pro-choice voters in Arizona and around the country.
“Trump ushered in the ability to make many of the archaic, even criminalized, abortion laws that were previously on state books but never enforced stick,” says Tammy Boyd, an Arizona abortion access campaigner.
“What we’re seeing now is a state-by-state battle over abortion access and protection, and many GOP legislators are calling up barbaric “laws” to put in place because they saw an open door with Roe v Wade being overturned.” We are fighting for the right of women to make their own healthcare decisions, and we will not give up. So, Mr. Trump and all Republican candidates who seek to further erode our liberties will face opposition at the polls.”
Trump’s own comments appear to concur with the Arizona pro-choice advocate who claims that Trump’s on-the-record utterances ushered in the end of Roe v. Wade.
“After 50 years of failure, with nobody even coming close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the shock of everyone,” Trump, the former president and potential Republican presidential nominee in 2024, stated on his social media site.
Trump said that his actions have “put the Pro-Life movement in a strong negotiating position” against abortion rights supporters, crediting himself for the numerous bans being presented by conservatives across the country. Since Roe v. Wade was overruled this summer, more than a dozen states have implemented abortion restrictions.
However, organizations such as Ms. Boyd’s are “aggressively” trying to ensure that abortion access is not only available in Arizona but that Arizona becomes one of the most progressive states on abortion access, with a “front line” of legal advocacy for women who are refused access.
“We won’t be Texas,” Boyd declared.
Serena Martinez, a colleague of Boyd’s, told Northeast Valley News, “Women (and men) who support women’s access to safe and legal abortions and personal choice healthcare need to continue to push legislators at the state level and make certain that Donald Trump and other GOP abortion restrictionists are kept out of office.”