Democrat Marco López promises pardons for abortion providers, women if he’s elected governor

An immigrant who was elected mayor of Nogales in his early 20s, López went on to work on trade relations with Mexico during the Napolitano administration, and for U.S. Customs and Border Protection under Barack Obama.

By Stacey Barchenger |Arizona Republic

Democratic candidate for governor Marco López pledged to pardon any health care provider or woman prosecuted for performing or obtaining an abortion, an election promise made during a 20-minute television interview Thursday in which he repeatedly ripped his opponent for her absence.

The interview came in lieu of a debate with his Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs, who has refused to face her opponent.

“I will support codifying the right to choose in our Arizona Constitution,” López told Ted Simons, who was conducting the interview and hosts “Arizona Horizon” on Arizona PBS. “Second, I will support pardoning any health care providers and the women who seek that care if they are criminalized in Arizona. That’s my commitment. It’s a very personal choice that women make. I will support their ability to make that choice.”

López and Simons discussed some of the top issues facing Arizona, including abortion, the border and education.

An immigrant who was elected mayor of Nogales in his early 20s, López went on to work on trade relations with Mexico during the Napolitano administration, and for U.S. Customs and Border Protection under Barack Obama.

López highlighted that experience as he pitched himself to viewers as a candidate uniquely qualified to represent the state. There was another reason he’s more qualified than Hobbs, the current secretary of state, he said.

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