Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order Tuesday implementing protections for anyone seeking or providing abortion services or other reproductive health care within the Silver State.
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Though abortion rights in the Silver State have been protected by state law for more than 30 years, the outcome of the state’s congressional and Senate and gubernatorial elections will likely have implications for abortion protections.
Nevada is a firmly pro-choice state with the protections from Roe v. Wade enshrined in state law and the majority of Nevadans consistently polling in favor of reproductive rights. But it’s the only state in the country that can imprison people for terminating a pregnancy under certain circumstances, according to Laura FitzSimmons, the Carson City-based lawyer now representing Frazier pro bono.
In the wake of Laxalt’s endorsement last week from anti-abortion National Right to Life, The Nevada Independent obtained a copy of the candidate questionnaire the group used to grade possible candidate endorsements.
The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer with a ruling that would erode federal protections for abortion rights, refueling the polarizing debate in many of Nevada’s most competitive races.