Kari Lake opposes state Supreme Court abortion ruling, calls 1864 law 'out of step'

"Ultimately, Arizona voters will make the decision on the ballot come November," she said.
Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on March 4, 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake on Tuesday criticized the state Supreme Court's decision to uphold an 1864 law banning abortion in almost all circumstances.

The ruling rendered illegal effectively all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother. It further imposes two-to-five-year prison sentences for abortion providers.

Lake for her part, criticized the decision and urged the state government to pursue an alternative solution to the abortion question in Arizona.

"In addition to covering the state of Arizona as a fair and honest journalist for 27 years, I have traveled to every corner of this state on the campaign trail," she said. "I speak to more Arizonans than anyone and it is abundantly clear that the pre-statehood law is out of step with Arizonans."

"I am the only woman and mother in this race. I understand the fear and anxiety of pregnancy, and the joy of motherhood. I wholeheartedly agree with President Trump - this is a very personal issue that should be determined by each individual state and her people," she continued. "I oppose today's ruling, and I am calling on Katie Hobbs and the State Legislature to come up with an immediate common sense solution that Arizonans can support."

"Ultimately, Arizona voters will make the decision on the ballot come November," she said, before highlighting that she supports leaving the issue to the states and did not plan on pursuing federal abortion legislation.

Lake is still facing a primary to be decided in July, though she is expected to win the Republican nomination and face Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego in a hotly contested battleground race that could decide control of the Senate.

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