Sinema’s Democratic rival for her seat, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), pointed out her own extremism in a tweet on Saturday: “Sinema stands on the side of the people that want to ban abortion completely,” he wrote, linking to an article on her hard-line stance against filibuster reform, which makes it difficult for Democrats in Congress to do much of anything.


Last year, Sinema lost the support she’d long had from EMILYs List, an organization that supports, trains, and fundraises for pro-abortion Democratic women candidates. In a statement at the time, shortly after Sinema effectively tanked a crucial voting rights bill, EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler characterized Sinema’s stance as ​​“not only a blow to voting rights and our electoral system but also to the work of ... her constituents who tried to communicate the importance of this bill.” She continued, “As a result, as we noted earlier this week, we will no longer be able to endorse Sen. Sinema moving forward.”

To Gallego’s point, in sabotaging the voting rights bill last year, Sinema also aided the anti-abortion movement: Abortion ban are enabled by voter suppression, a major factor in why these widely unpopular laws keep passing, despite their broad unpopularity. These laws only pass because gerrymandering, voting restrictions, and other tactics systematically suppress the votes of marginalized people in these states, and politicians like Sinema are a big reason why nothing ever changes.