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Abortion rights groups report increase in volunteer sign-ups following court ruling

After Arizona’s Supreme Court this week  said a near-total abortion ban should take effectin the state, political groups looking to expand abortion access are reporting an increase in support.

The group Arizona for Abortion Access is gathering signatures to get a measure on ballots this year to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution. A spokesperson told KJZZ News the group has seen a jump in donations, volunteer sign-ups and website traffic this week.

The progressive grassroots group Indivisible is working with that campaign.

Indivisible managing director Mari Urbina told KJZZ News she has also seen a spike in volunteers for Indivisible’s canvassing program in Arizona.

"We saw within the first 24-hour period following the decision, a 50% increase in sign-ups. That amounts to 350 Arizonans across 61 cities in the state," Urbina said. 

Arizona for Abortion Access organizers have until July 3 to submit 383,923 signatures from registered Arizona voters to the secretary of state to qualify for the ballot. They report they  already have more than enough, but will keep circulating their petition until the deadline.

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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.