Thousands of Abortion Activists Protest Supreme Court Draft Ruling at Arizona State Capitol

May 5, 2022

By Corinne Murdock |

On Wednesday, less than a day after Politico leaked the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning abortion rights, abortion activists protested at the Arizona State Capitol.

Multiple attendees and reporters present estimated that thousands descended on the capitol. 

Pro-life protestors also appeared at the Arizona State Capitol to challenge the pro-abortion activists. 

Protestors also rallied in downtown Tucson and Flagstaff. 

Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that two men were arrested. One allegedly engaged in disorderly conduct, the other allegedly committed an assault. 

If the Supreme Court maintains a ruling matching the leaked draft opinion, then Arizona would likely ban abortion completely. 

From the time Arizona became a state to the Roe v. Wade ruling, Arizona outlawed abortion completely, excepting life-threatening pregnancies, and punished anyone who performed abortions with prison time. If the Supreme Court overturns the precedents established by Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, then the state may return to a total ban. The ban exists still within the Arizona Revised Statutes under Title 13, Chapter 36.

In March, Governor Doug Ducey signed a ban on abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation, SB1164. The law would go in effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends. 

Elsewhere, pro-abortion protests turned into riots. In Los Angeles, California rioters attacked policemen and vandalized the city. In Portland, Oregon, riots incited by Antifa broke out. 

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to

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