Republicans to test new abortion messaging as Arizona turns up heat on GOP

Abortion will likely be on the ballot in Arizona in November, and Republicans are considering leaning into using language that suggests protecting the procedure as a way to flip the script on Democrats.

The GOP in the Grand Canyon State is reportedly considering an alternative ballot measure among its options, according to an internal presentation obtained by NBC News. The presentation offers two phases for Republicans to move forward after the state Supreme Court upheld an 1864 abortion law that effectively outlaws the practice, with an exception if the mother faces immediate life-threatening conditions.

The first phase proposes a ballot measure that would be “complimentary” of the Arizona for Abortion Access measure and would protect the legislature’s ability to “enact laws rationally related to promoting and preserving life and to protecting the health and safety of pregnant women.”
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