Another group that advocates for defunding the police has endorsed Arizona’s Democrat gubernatorial candidate, in a move that is becoming a pattern.
“As Arizonans grapple with an all out ban on abortion that [Kari Lake] has promised to defend, I’m proud to have [NARAL Arizona’s] endorsement. Arizonans deserve a governor who will fight to let them make their own decisions about their lives, families, & futures,” said Secretary of State and Democrat candidate for governor Katie Hobbs.
As Arizonans grapple with an all out ban on abortion that @KariLake has promised to defend, I’m proud to have @NARAL_AZ’s endorsement. Arizonans deserve a governor who will fight to let them make their own decisions about their lives, families, & futures. pic.twitter.com/jloUIjDjJF
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 23, 2022
NARAL stands for National Abortion Rights Action League.
The group’s national website says the following:
NARAL Pro-Choice America supports the demands of the Movement for Black Lives, including defunding the police and investing in Black communities, which are a response to hundreds of years of systemic oppression and the failure of reforms to address urgent needs and injustices. Budgets reflect our priorities. As such, the call to defund the police is also a call for investment in Black communities—in urgent needs that are currently underfunded, like access to healthcare, education, social services, and more. Through this investment, we can work to make sure every person, every parent, and every family is able to thrive.
Defunding the police has been a lightning-rod issue, and one that Lake has hit Hobbs on before.
When Planned Parenthood, another pro-abortion group, required candidates to reject support from law enforcement organizations – both financially and in the form of endorsements – in order to receive its endorsement, Hobbs complied.
Lake seized on that opportunity for an attack.
“‘Planned Parenthood Arizona is requiring candidates to either reject or return contributions from law enforcement organizations to receive an endorsement,” the Lake campaign said at the time. “[Katie Hobbs] sold out Arizona’s Law Enforcement officers to win Planned Parenthood’s support. And now she’s lying about it.”
She further attacked Hobbs:
What does Katie Hobbs believe? Hobbs has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, which has endorsed the movement to defund the police. In fact, according to Axios Phoenix, Planned Parenthood Arizona is not only “requiring candidates to either reject or return contributions from law enforcement organizations to receive an endorsement,” but “saw [a candidate’s] endorsement rescinded after she supported the city’s budget, which included funding for police.”
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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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