As abortion rights take center stage in Arizona — in court and at the ballot box — hundreds of people took part in the Bigger Than Roe National Women’s March in Phoenix on Saturday.
The march took place on Saturday at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. The event was an extension of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona’s effort to get the Arizona Abortion Access Act on the ballot in November. The act enshrines the right to abortion in Arizona’s constitution.
“We all know what this fight is about. It’s bigger than Roe. This year, it’s about freedom, democracy and fundamental human rights. And we have no doubt that the electorate’s rejection of radical anti-choice bans will unite a diversity of voices and people from across the country and turn them out to the polls in the 2024 election,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of Women’s March, said in a press release.
Women’s March is a women-led movement that provides resources to grassroots activists and organizations to advance reproductive rights.
Bigger Than Roe marches organized by Women's March also were held in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Idaho and Texas over the weekend to commemorate the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe in 2022, ending a woman's right to abortion.
“Time and time again, both here in the Capitol and in Arizona, they’ve been trying to reduce women’s access to safe and legal abortions,” Rep. Ruben Gallego said on Monday. “We are going to continue the fight.”
The Arizona Supreme Court is currently considering which of two abortion bans is the law in the state — a near-total ban enacted in 1864 when Arizona was still a territory or a 2022 law banning abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.