Arizona Pro-Lifers Increase Pressure on Gov. Napolitano With TV Ad

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 2, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Arizona Pro-Lifers Increase Pressure on Gov. Napolitano With TV Ad

by Paul Nowak Editor
March 2, 2004

Phoenix, AZ ( — Pro-life advocates in Arizona have launched a television commercial aimed at a specific goal — asking viewers to call Governor Janet Napolitano and encourage her to sign the informed consent bill now before her.

The commercials, which will air during news broadcasts on all major broadcast networks in Phoenix, as well as Fox News and CNN in Tucson and Phoenix, have been produced for the Center for Arizona Policy.

Several women, most of whom are post-abortive, speak out about the risks associated with abortion and the lack of information they received prior to their abortions.

The commercials urge Arizona residents to call their governor, who has all but promised a veto of the bill, and ask her to sign the legislation that requires abortion practitioners to furnish women with information about abortion risks and dangers, alternatives, and fetal development.

"As the commercials make clear, 88 percent of Americans support informed consent for abortion, and more than half the states already have this protection in law," said Len Munsil, President of the Arizona Center for Policy. "We are investing significant resources into this effort to make sure the governor hears from her constituents on this important issue."

Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer said the governor is not likely to break her 2002 campaign promise to oppose a waiting period, but no final decision on the legislation has yet been made.

The House and Senate votes that passed the bill were not enough to override a veto, and thus pro-life groups have planned to flood the governor’s office with faxes, emails, and phone calls.

The ads also link to a web page providing information on the informed consent bill, along with e-mail and phone contact information for the Governor.

"Arizona Right to Life is very pleased to see the media campaign take place," said Shane Wikfors, Executive Director and lobbyist for Arizona Right to Life. "Opponents of life are running scared and telling lies about the legislation in an attempt to spread confusion and derail final passage of the law."

Thirty states have already passed some form of the legislation which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled as constitutional and it has been responsible for reducing the number of abortions by as much as one-third in some states.

ACTION: Contact Governor Napolitano about the Right to Know bill by calling her office at 1-800-253-0883.

Related web sites:
Governor Napolitano –
Center for Arizona Policy –
Arizona Right to Life –
Help Arizona Women –