Arizona Democrats Oppose Funding Anti-Abortion Candidates – Arizona News

Arizona Democrats Oppose Funding Anti-Abortion Candidates – Arizona News

After suffering from a devastating presidential loss, the Democratic party is trying to switch things up. Last week it released its new slogan: “A Better Deal.”

That deal apparently isn’t great for women, though, according to Arizona Democrats.

In an interview with The Hill, Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico said the party will be open to supporting and funding candidates who oppose abortion rights.

Alexis Tameron, State Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, released a statement Tuesday calling this announcement “not only short-sighted, it is politically stupid.”

By casting a wider net, the party hopes to regain the House majority in 2018 by winning in more conservative districts, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman said Monday.

A full team effort would be needed to score the 24 seats needed to win back the majority, but Arizona Democrats say this is not how their team plays.

“We believe abortion should remain safe, legal, and rare,” Tamerson said in the statement. “However, Party leaders should not yield on women’s reproductive rights to those who oppose or seek to overturn all abortion rights as a strategy to win elections.”

Tamerson wrote that Arizona Democrats’ support for Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, and NARAL is unwavering despite the national party’s flub. In response, Planned Parenthood Arizona’s vice president of public affairs, Jodi Liggett, thanked Arizona Democrats and joined in the condemning of the ‘no limits’ decision in a statement to the New Times.

“Planned Parenthood respects the right of all people to make personal choices in accordance with their beliefs and values,” Liggett said. “Policymakers must be mindful that…

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