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With Roe v. Wade on the line, state abortion protections will matter more than ever before

Las Vegas, NV — The results of the 2022 Nevada Primaries make clear that the stakes for Nevadans’ abortion rights have never been higher. Though Nevada has historically protected abortion rights and access thanks to the election of pro-abortion rights and reproductive health champions and a 1990 ballot initiative that protected the right to abortion in state statute, several extreme anti-abortion politicians now pose a threat to those protections: most notably, Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo.

With the Supreme Court set to make its final decision in a case that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion and turn its back on nearly 50 years of legal precedent, local protections for abortion rights and access are playing an increasingly important role in ensuring that this vital care remains accessible to those not just in our state, but across the country. 

Statement from Lindsey Harmon, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada: 

“In Nevada, we’ve worked hard to ensure that our policies and elected officials reflect the broad majority of Nevadans who support the right to an abortion. But extreme anti-abortion politicians like Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo pose an incredible risk to our hard-won reproductive rights. 

“Laxalt in particular, has made no secret that he not only supports  overturning Roe v. Wade, but would further work to undermine reproductive rights if given the opportunity. And make no mistake, if elected governor, Lombardo will stymie all efforts at improving the state’s reproductive health care infrastructure.”

“We cannot and will not let that happen. As we look toward the general elections this November, Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada, our partners, and supporters will fight to ensure that Nevadans are represented by elected officials who share our values of reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy, like Governor Steve Sisolak and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. The health and safety of our communities depends on it.” 


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