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Arizona Governor Hobbs signs abortion repeal

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs held a ceremony Thursday to sign a repeal of the state's near-total 1864 ban on abortion.

During the ceremony, Governor Hobbs and other senators spoke out against the Abortion Act of 1864.

“I am proud to sign this bill and provide a moment of relief for Arizonans,” said Governor Hobbs.

The governor expressed how many medical professionals and women were suffering due to uncertainty about the future.

In signing the repeal, Hobbs responded that while it was good news, there was still a lot of work to be done.

“We still have work to do because women in Arizona are still subject to a ban that does not allow for exceptions for rape or incest or for complications during pregnancy,” said Governor Hobbs.

Former Democratic state representative Athena Salman was visibly emotional during the repeal, and she recently resigned in January to lead an abortion rights group.

“I can't stop thinking about my daughters and how they will have a future as we continue to move forward protecting and enshrining the constitutional right to abortion and reproductive freedom,” Salman said.

Some locals are reacting positively to Governor Hobbs' vote to repeal the abortion law.

“As a woman, I was really proud of it. From a medical perspective, it's really important for us to have that safe choice. This should definitely be allowed statewide, but we’re still pretty much working on it,” Yuman local Lizbeth Diaz said.

Since the legislative session is still ongoing, the repeal will not take effect until 90 days after the end of the legislative session.

Anna Harden

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