Sunday, April 14, 2024

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Donald 'I Killed Roe v Wade' Trump Did This

Timing is everything.

On the day the Arizona Supreme Court handed down its ruling turning back women's health care and reproductive freedom rights 160 years, the Biden/Harris Campaign released a new ad, called "Willows Box" that highlighted the plight of Amanda Zurawski, who, thanks to Donald 'I killed Roe v Wade' Trump, nearly died twice from sepsis in a Texas hospital because that states anti-abortion law, in effect because the former President's Supreme Court picks provided the critical votes in overturning Roe v Wade, scared physicians from acting sooner.

Women and Physicians in Arizona beware. Thanks to the Arizona Supreme Court, this could potentially happen here if MAGA Republican state legislators do not heed the will of the people and fail to repeal the Civil War-era abortion ban. 

In this moving and frankly sad ad, Amanda and Josh Zurawski are going through their babies, a daughter named Willow, items they had started to get while she was pregnant with their expected child Willow. 

Among the items were a baby book, clothes, a blanket, and "her little footprints."

Unfortunately, Amanda had a miscarriage just short of her sixth month of pregnancy. 

The ad then says:

"Because Donald Trump killed Roe v Wade, Amanda was denied standard medical care to prevent infection, an abortion. Doctors were forced to send her home...Three days later, Amanda was in the ICU with sepsis. She almost died twice. The infection caused so much damageAmanda may never get pregnant again."

With a clip showing Josh Zurawski trying to comfort his traumatized wife, saying "It's okay," the ad ends with the caption. 

"Donald Trump did this."

Two days after the ruling, the Biden/Harris Campaign released an ad, called "Power Back" with President Biden citing all the ways Donald Trump has made life for women dangerous and harder in Arizona and across the country.

With clips of mortified and anguished women on the screen, the President stated:

"Because of Donald Trump, millions of women in Arizona lost the fundamental freedom to control their own bodies. And now, women's lives are in danger because of that. The question is — if Donald Trump gets back in power, what freedom will you lose next? Your body and your decisions belong to you, not the government, not Donald Trump. I will fight like hell to get your freedom back."

On this new ad, Biden/Harris Campaign Manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez commented in a press release:

“This week, women across the state of Arizona are watching in horror as an abortion ban from 1864 with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of a woman will soon become the law of the land for Arizonans. This nightmare is only possible because of Donald Trump. Arizonans deserve to know that it’s Donald Trump bragging about taking them back to a time before women could vote, for putting their lives in danger, and for promising to go even further to strip women’s rights if he’s reelected. There is only one candidate who will fight like hell to restore women’s fundamental freedoms, and that’s President Joe Biden.”

Another Biden/Harris Campaign press release noted that 62 percent of Arizonans favor legalizing abortion in most or all cases and only 15 percent of Latinos think the procedure should be illegal. 

This release also reminded readers that since the overturning of Roe v Wade, many pro-choice candidates like Katie Hobbs, Kris Mayes, and Mark Kelly, like other candidates across the country, have won their respective races. 

So have ballot initiatives, like the Access to Abortion One gathering signatures in the Grand Canyon State.

The press release concludes with: 

"Women across the entire country remember where they were when Roe was overturned – now, here in Arizona, they’ll never forget the day that our Supreme Court set women’s freedoms back to a time before women had the right to vote and Arizona was even a state. Every woman in every household across our state is feeling the impact of this – and it’s blanketed the front pages and the airwaves. And there is only one person to blame: Donald Trump. In every election over the past two years, Arizonans have voted to defend abortion access – and we’re going to do it again in November."

April 9, 2024, May Go Down in History as When the Arizona Supreme Court Gave the State to the Biden/Harris Ticket and the Democrats

There are two old sayings that the few smart and mainstream people left in the Arizona Republican Party may be thinking after today's State Supreme Court ruling bringing a real-life Handmaid's Tale to the Grand Canyon state with its decision to reaffirm a Civil War era ban of virtually all abortions no matter the trimester.

Those sayings are:

"Be careful what you wish for."

"We reap what we sow."

The Biden/Harris Campaign, already investing heavily in Arizona, will undoubtedly put more resources into the state after the Arizona Supreme Court just opened the door for them to seal the deal with Independents and McCain/Disaffected Republicans.

In a statement following the Arizona court decision, President Joe Biden wrote:

"Millions of Arizonans will soon live under an even more extreme and dangerous abortion ban, which fails to protect women even when their health is at risk or in tragic cases of rape or incest. This cruel ban was first enacted in 1864—more than 150 years ago, before Arizona was even a state and well before women had secured the right to vote. This ruling is a result of the extreme agenda of Republican elected officials who are committed to ripping away women’s freedom.

Vice President Harris and I stand with the vast majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to choose. We will continue to fight to protect reproductive rights and call on Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade for women in every state."

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was just in Arizona several weeks ago will be making a trip to Tucson this Friday to attend a campaign event that will focus on reproductive freedom. 

The Biden/Harris Campaign also did not waste any time linking today's court decision to Donald Trump, posting on social media:

It would be interesting to see how much campaign donations to up and down-ballot Democrats, including the Biden/Harris ticket increase in Arizona from this day forward. 

The same for endorsements from Independents and like-minded Republicans who have become estranged from their party on this and other vital issues. 

The November election results in Arizona and across the country will tell whether Arizona Republicans reaped what they sowed.

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