Despite current protections, abortion access could be restricted by an anti-choice Governor and/or eliminated by a national abortion ban if Republicans take control of Congress.
Today, Governor Sisolak and Congresswoman Lee held a roundtable discussion with legal experts to discuss the impact of anti-choice legislation, like a federal abortion ban, on Nevada’s current abortion protections–from the House of Representatives to the Governor’s office.
“Joe Lombardo supports restricting Nevadans’ reproductive rights by overturning our current protections, banning contraceptives, implementing mandatory waiting periods and repealing my executive order protecting patients and in-state providers from being thrown in jail,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Governors are the backstop for dangerous, anti-choice policies coming from the federal government and if Congressional Republicans pass a national abortion ban, it will be up to the states to protect reproductive health care. As long as I’m governor, Nevada will protect the right to an abortion.”
During his first term, Governor Sisolak protected reproductive freedoms by decriminalizing abortion, expanding access to contraceptives and allocating $6 million for family planning services in the state budget.
Joe Lombardo has promised to be an anti-choice governor, celebrated the reversal of Roe v. Wade, supports banning contraceptives like the Plan B pill, implementing mandatory waiting periods, overturning Nevada’s existing protections, and said he would reverse Governor Sisolak’s executive order protecting doctors and out-of-state patients from punishment if elected. He’s also funding and directing taxpayer resources to dangerous crisis pregnancy centers through his campaign and in his official capacity and is endorsed by National Right to Life, an extremist group that wants to ban all abortion with no exceptions for rape and incest.
“Here in Nevada, we know that it should be a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body and decide the course of her future,” said Congresswoman Susie Lee. “Governor Sisolak and I, as well as our fellow Democrats up and down the ballot, are running against pro-life extremists. Republicans have already made clear that they are eager to move on a national abortion ban if they take the majority in Congress, which would ultimately overturn the will of Nevada voters and take away women’s right to choose in our state.”
Congresswoman Susie Lee is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and has been a champion for reproductive rights. Lee voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify Roe v. Wade into law and protect abortion providers. Becker is out of touch with Nevada voters who voted to protect a woman’s right to an abortion by a two-to-one margin in a 1990 ballot initiative. Becker accepted the endorsement of National Right to Life and its Nevada affiliate, Nevada Right to Life, which applauded the fall of Roe v. Wade as “a necessary step to allow the process of ridding our nation of abortion to advance.”
“Anti-choice republicans like Joe Lombardo and April Becker pose a real and present danger to abortion rights in Nevada, regardless of our current protections,” said Dr. Sylvia Lazos, Professor at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. “A national ban and an anti-choice governor could limit Nevadans’ reproductive rights by implementing cruel legislation like mandatory waiting periods, funding crisis pregnancy centers instead of family planning clinics, or instituting a restrictive abortion ban here at home. Without pro-choice leaders like Governor Sisolak and Congresswoman Lee, Nevadans’ reproductive rights are at risk of being overturned in the post-Roe world.”