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Democrats file records request, want to see what Laxalt might be saying to pro-life groups

Michelle Rindels
Michelle Rindels

Democrats who have criticized Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt for his anti-abortion views are now seeking records of correspondence his office has had with pro-life organizations.

The Nevada State Democratic Party filed a public records request earlier this month, asking for any communications between the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and National Right to Life, Nevada Right to Life, the Pro-Life League of Nevada and First Choice Pregnancy Services, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center.

"We know from Laxalt's recent secretive legal actions that he has no problem using his taxpayer-funded office to push his right-wing agenda,” Democratic party spokeswoman Helen Kalla said. “Nevada women deserve to know just how much Laxalt is collaborating with extremist anti-choice groups to further his zealous crusade to strip women of their reproductive rights."

Laxalt’s office told the party that the records request should be fulfilled by July 7, but a spokeswoman didn’t offer further comment on the matter to The Nevada Independent.

Democrats have taken issue with Laxalt for signing on to letters urging more enforcement of “conscience protections” for health-care workers who object to providing certain medical services based on their religious beliefs. They also criticized his decision to support a Texas ban on the abortion method most commonly used in the second trimester, and to oppose a California law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics inform clients about their abortion options. He hasn’t announced the actions in news releases.

While Laxalt supported additional restrictions on abortion in Texas, he said in an interview with KTVN that he doesn’t intend to roll back abortion in Nevada if elected governor. His hands would be tied by a provision in the Nevada Constitution, approved by voters in 1990, that allows women to have an abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation or later if it’s performed to preserve the life or health of a woman. Removing the provision would require a statewide vote.

“I am pro-life, but obviously our state, both through our state Constitution and our federal Constitution, that, you know, abortion is allowed, and that’s something that I don’t intend on rolling back,” he said.

Democrats have previously used a similar tactic on guns, requesting correspondence between Laxalt’s office and the National Rifle Association.


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