Six months after the Supreme Court overturned landmark ruling, abortion rights groups call for more expansive protections
Las Vegas, NV — It has been six months since the Supreme Court overturned its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, and with it nearly 50 years of legal precedent for constitutionally protected abortion rights. In those six months, millions of people who were once able to seek legal abortion care must now either travel hundreds of miles or are forced to go without care entirely.
While Nevada has statutory protections for abortion rights in place, it is abundantly clear that there is a need to remove barriers to care, reduce abortion stigma, and ensure equitable access to sexual and reproductive heatlh care in a chaotic, rapidly shifting environment.
Statement of Lindsey Harmon, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada:
“The overturning of Roe v. Wade has created a health care crisis in this country. While the weight of the Supreme Court’s decision has fallen most heavily on providers and patients in the 18 states who now have either partial or full abortion bans in place, there is not a single state that remains untouched by the loss of federal protections for abortion care – including Nevada.
With patients now turning to states like ours for access to care there is an increased spotlight on existing barriers to access like cost, travel, time off, and proximity to a health care provider. The stakes of not only maintaining protections for abortion care, but improving access altogether have never been more clear. As Nevadans and advocates for reproductive freedom, we are committed to the fight ahead to make access to abortion care more accessible and inclusive than ever before.”
Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada is a statewide non-partisan, 501 (c) 4 non-profit organization that advocates and educates on issues of reproductive health care, with special consideration for advancing equitable access to abortion in an effort to empower all Nevadans, no matter income, race, gender, sexuality or immigration status to maintain and expand access to quality health care