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Jun 27, 2024


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Phoenix, AZ — Today, Marlene Galán-Woods, Democratic candidate for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Moyle v. United States & Idaho v. United States, a case considering whether pregnant people should be excluded from federal emergency health care protections.

“The Supreme Court’s decision on whether women in Idaho and states with abortion bans can receive abortions in life threatening situations will provide short-term relief, but is nothing more than a delay due to Republicans realizing these extreme bans will hurt them in November. 

“As the only mother and grandmother in this race, I am heartbroken and angry that Republicans, like David Schweikert, care more about controlling women’s bodies than provide life saving care. This case and women’s rights, especially for health care, should never be up for debate. I am running for Congress because it’s far past time we had a representative who will actually listen to doctors and medical practitioners, and who will fight like hell to protect reproductive rights.”

Representative David Schweikert has spent his time in Washington working to restrict abortion access and control women’s bodies. Schweikert led the charge to criminalize abortion and sponsored a bill to ban IVF.

Galán-Woods is endorsed by pro-choice leaders and organizations like EMILYs List, Attorney General Kris Mayes, former Governor Janet Napolitano, and many more. She has the support of over a dozen labor unions including NEA and Firefighters.



Marlene Galán-Woods is a 35-year Arizona resident, former broadcast journalist and mother of five children. Her parents fled communist Cuba looking for a better life for their children. Their risk paid off when Marlene moved to Arizona in the 1980s it’s where she began her career as a broadcast journalist, where she met the love of her life, and where they would raise a family together. 


While Marlene’s late husband, Grant Woods, served as Arizona’s Attorney General, Marlene was exposing corruption and holding the powerful accountable during her 20-year journalism career. 


Outside of their respective careers, Marlene and Grant were dedicated to improving the lives of Arizona children, from serving on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley to spearheading a local tennis tournament that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help underserved kids to helping found the Phoenix Children’s Museum. She is running to be Arizona’s voice — to represent our priorities and protect our freedoms. She will be the courageous, truthful leader Arizona has earned.   


Though Marlene’s philanthropic efforts have focused on improving the lives of Arizona’s children, she has a passion for preserving and expanding the individual freedoms of all Arizonans.


She is a lifelong supporter of a woman’s right to choose and couldn’t stand by idly watching ongoing attacks on our voting rights. 


In 2022, Marlene chaired the campaign of Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, and led a group of former journalists in calling out Republican candidates, namely Kari Lake, for their attacks on the media while spreading disinformation. Marlene’s dedication to the preservation of our democracy was recognized by Governor Katie Hobbs’ who invited Marlene to serve on her transition committee. 


Galán-Woods is the only woman and mother in this race. If elected, she will be the first Latina to represent Arizona in Congress. She is the only candidate endorsed by a sitting statewide elected official, a member of the Arizona delegation, and the only candidate with endorsements from the labor community. 

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