Lombardo still silent on receiving endorsement of leading extreme, anti-choice group
In response to Joe Lombardo receiving the endorsement of National Right To Life’s Super PAC, Governor Sisolak and pro-choice leaders across Nevada are calling on Lombardo for answers.
“Joe Lombardo is standing with an extreme, anti-abortion group over the majority of Nevadans who support reproductive health care,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Joe Lombardo supports banning contraceptives, implementing mandatory waiting periods, overturning our existing protections, and I have no doubt that if elected he would roll back my recent executive order protecting providers and out-of-state patients from criminalization. Nevadans deserve to know what else Joe Lombardo has promised National Right to Life to receive their endorsement.”
National Right to Life (NRTL) is an extreme anti-abortion organization that advocates for a total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest and recently made headlines for opposing the 10-year-old rape survivor’s abortion. Additionally, NRTL has proposed legislation specifically designed to circumvent Nevada’s voter-approved statutory protections for abortion by:
- Restricting or prohibiting emergency contraception – policy Lombardo has already said he supports.
- Implementing mandatory waiting periods before an abortion – policy Lombardo has already said he supports.
- Implementing cruel penalties that criminalize individuals for crossing state lines to receive an abortion and punishing abortion providers who provide services for out-of-state patients. Lombardo has refused to say whether he would reverse or uphold the executive order recently signed by Governor Sisolak to protect providers and those who travel from out-of-state for care.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Southwest Regional Director Caroline Mello Roberson: “Joe Lombardo’s endorsement from the National Right to Life Victory Fund shows his true colors. With this endorsement, Lombardo is siding with a national extremist organization that holds views well outside the majority of Nevadans who have repeatedly shown with their votes that they support reproductive freedom. Nevadans deserve a Governor who will work for them, not for outsider organizations more focused on political gain than the needs of the people they serve. Lombardo owes voters an honest answer when it comes to reproductive freedom: would he enforce Governor Sisolak’s recent executive order protecting providers from prosecution, or would he support throwing doctors in jail for providing care to their patients? Nevadans deserve to know.”
Adrienne Mansanares, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: “Joe Lombardo promised to be an anti-abortion care governor and with the acceptance of the endorsement of one of the most extreme anti-abortion groups in the nation we should take him at his word. Joe Lombardo should be clear with Nevadans if he supports criminalizing providers and patients, and whether or not he would uphold Governor Sisolak’s recent executive order to protect abortion access in Nevada.”
Jeri Burton and Sue Burtch, Co-Executive Directors, Nevada NOW: “Joe Lombardo’s endorsement from the National Right to Life Victory Fund shows us who he is when it comes to reproductive rights. In 1990, Nevadans voted for a state referendum that allowed abortions, and to this day, a majority of Nevadans support a person’s right to choose. Nevadans deserve a Governor that will protect reproductive rights for all.”