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Hobbs hopes lawmakers will work across the aisle on abortion

On the campaign trail, Katie Hobbs  promised she would work to repeal the Arizona's near-total abortion ban. But the governor-elect may face challenges.

Hobbs has said she plans to call a special session on day one as governor to ask legislators to overturn the Civil War-era law that bans abortions except to save the life of the mother. That law is currently blocked as it faces challenges in court, but it has never been repealed, and could eventually go back into effect. In an interview with KJZZ News, Hobbs said it’s not what voters want.

“This is not just my belief, this is fact. The majority of Arizonans support access to safe, legal abortion,” Hobbs said. 

But the Democratic governor-elect will be working with a Republican-led Legislature. She said she is hopeful lawmakers will be willing to work across the aisle on issues important to voters.

“If folks want to be representative to the people that they’re elected to serve, they would consider some sort of way to do that that would reflect the will of the majority of voters,” Hobbs said. 

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.