In Congress, Heck cosponsored dangerous so-called “personhood” legislation that, if enacted, could interfere with medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.
He also cosponsored a bill that would ban abortion starting at 20 weeks, with no exception for rape or incest. This law would take a deeply personal decision out of the hands of women ––who are often in unique, complex, and sometimes life threatening situations –– and her doctor. The law didn’t stop there, it would also criminalize doctors who did not comply with the law.
Heck’s then-campaign manager defended his vote to criminalize abortions for rape and incest victims for getting an abortion by saying, “It is universally accepted that most rape victims do not wait five months to seek care.”
This insensitive “excuse” on behalf of Joe Heck is just another example of why Heck shouldn’t be involved in a decision as complicated and private as a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.
Nevada women deserve better than Joe Heck, who would impose his extreme beliefs about abortion and contraception on women and families. And luckily, we have a champion in Catherine Cortez Masto. She has vowed to fight tirelessly to protect access to reproductive health care against any attacks.