Nevada Democrats pass legislation protecting abortion access

Published: May. 10, 2023 at 1:25 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Assembly and Senate Democrats passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 on Wednesday.

The bill enshrines legal protections for abortions, birth control, prenatal and postpartum care, miscarriage care, vasectomies, and more into the Nevada State Constitution.

SJR 7 was passed with unanimous support from Assembly Democrats and was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. It previously passed the Senate in April.

“Nevadans believe healthcare decisions should be between patients and their doctors without the interference of politicians,” said Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. “After a radical Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, we saw legislatures across the country immediately pursue extreme abortion bans and work to strip away access to reproductive healthcare. Senate Joint Resolution 7 will give voters the opportunity to affirmatively say reproductive freedom is a fundamental constitutional right, and to prevent extreme anti-choice politicians in Nevada from imposing draconian restrictions on those rights.”

The Nevada Democratic Party celebrated the passage of the legislation, saying:

“After Roe was overturned, anti-abortion judges and politicians now have the power to weaken Nevadans’ reproductive rights with a single ruling, making it more important than ever to defend our right to an abortion. Because of Nevada Democrats’ leadership, we are now one step closer to strengthening Nevadans’ reproductive freedoms and enshrining our state level abortion protections in the constitution.”

”Despite the overwhelming majority of Nevadans - Republican and Democrat - supporting SJR7, every single Republican in the legislature voted against it. It’s disappointing but not surprising to see Nevada Republicans prioritize their anti-choice base and ignore the will of voters.”Governor Lombardo hasn’t even uttered a word on SJR7 after repeatedly saying on the campaign trail that he would support sending changes to our state’s abortion protections to a vote of the people. Nevadans deserve a governor whose word actually means something - not just another out of touch politician.”