I’m proud to be the only candidate who has created a common-sense abortion policy that has broad appeal. Everyone across the political spectrum agrees that reducing the number of abortions is a worthy goal. Fighting over the legality and morality of abortion is not an effective way to reduce the number of abortions performed. I hope you’ll agree that the approach below is both politically achievable and good for Arizona.
Currently, about 12,500 abortion procedures are performed every year in Arizona.
My goal as Governor is to reduce that number to less than 6000 per year.
Who Gets Abortions?
Some people mistakenly imagine that the people getting abortions are unwed, nonreligious, minority women who aren’t interested in having a family.
62% of women getting an abortion report being religious
59% of women getting an abortion already have a family with children
39% of women getting an abortion are white
Nearly 1 in 3 women have an abortion by the time they reach age 45.
This is an issue affecting women generally, not an easily defined subgroup of women.
What Has Been Tried?
Study after study shows that higher costs and stiffer legal penalties do not reduce abortions. Such measures only increase the number of abortions performed on the black market in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Policies aimed at forcing women to give birth do not reduce abortions.
Abstinence-only education does not reduce abortions.
The only way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
Funding to Reduce Abortions
By legalizing cannabis Arizona can expect to collect well over $100 million per year in new tax revenue. $100 million per year is enough to achieve our goal.
Actions to Reduce Abortions
There are only 2 things that reduce abortion rates:
Consistent use of contraceptives among those who are sexually active but do not wish to conceive.
Policies that create a more supportive environment for starting and growing families in Arizona.
This policy focuses on increasing the use of contraceptives among those who are sexually active. To understand how my policies make Arizona more supportive of families, see my positions on other issues, especially my education plan.
Regarding contraceptives, condoms and the pill are better than nothing, but there is a lot of opportunity for human error. You only have to fail once in order to have an unwanted pregnancy. As such, I do not recommend the state increase its investment in these methods.
Instead, I recommend a program of voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The LARCs I specifically propose using are IUDs and vasectomies. The cannabis tax would allow for approximately 200,000 procedures annually for the most vulnerable populations who have the highest likelihood of being party to a pregnancy that would ultimately end in abortion. Again, all procedures would be elective.
Will It Work?
Colorado provided free LARCs to young women, and teen pregnancy fell by 45%. Our program is even more ambitious and will have even more impressive results.
There are about 1.25 million women aged 15-45 in Arizona. Only 1% of them are likely to have an abortion each year, but up to 16% of them and their partners could participate in the program per year.
Phrased differently, in order to reach our goal of cutting abortions in half we only need 1 in 30 participants in the program to be a person who would have had an unwanted pregnancy that would have ended in abortion.
Those are pretty good odds.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Pursuing this policy does not absolve parents of the responsibility to teach their children about sexuality. The availability of contraceptives does not undermine parents who don’t want their children using contraceptives. Parents still have the opportunity to teach their children about their own bodies, consent, healthy relationships, and other means to plan their own lives and make responsible decisions.
Let’s Do This Together
I’m proud to have outlined an abortion policy that anyone of any political persuasion can support. Join me in the fight to unify Arizonans around our shared goals and values.
If you are committed to reducing the number of abortions that happen in Arizona, there are 2 things you can do to make sure that happens: