PARTY LINES: Abortion laws are established in Nevada, but politics remain a factor


We all know that the United States Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade from 1973 will not have an immediate impact in Nevada. That’s because the right to abortion was entrenched in state law by an election referendum in 1990.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t political ground to be gained on the issue.

Tuesday, the governor Steve Sisolak signed an executive order affirming that “…Nevada remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting reproductive freedom for anyone seeking access to reproductive health care in this state.”

His order bars executive department agencies from helping other states investigate anyone who has sought an abortion in Nevada, ensuring that no doctor, nurse, or pharmacist loses their license to provide abortion services. abortion and to deny extradition to anyone who has requested or performed an abortion in Nevada. .

“Reproductive health care is a basic human right, and Nevada remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring safe and equitable access for Nevadans and anyone seeking refuge from their state’s restrictive laws,” Sisolak said in a statement. a statement. “No one should be punished for providing or receiving necessary medical care, including abortions, contraception and other reproductive health care services.”

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Sisolak’s order drew a skeptical response from Nevada Right to Life, an anti-abortion group in the state.

“There is no change to Nevada law after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. Governor Sisolak knows this, but he can’t let a good ‘crisis’ pass him by. lemon balm Clement, the group’s chief executive, said in a statement. “He hopes the people of Nevada won’t notice that he is advocating abortion during the nine months of pregnancy for some reason or no reason. He did not say whether he encouraged underage girls to come unaccompanied by a parent for a secret abortion. He acts as a marketing manager for Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby helping them import victims for the abortion industry at huge profit in what he hopes will turn Nevada into a tourist destination. for abortion.

The order also allowed Nevada Democrats to jump on the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Jo Lombardoasking if he would keep or destroy Sisolak’s decree.

“Joe Lombardo is desperately trying to conceal his support for cruel anti-choice policies, but voters won’t soon forget that he supported the rollback of Nevada’s abortion protections and left the door open for birth control ban,” the Nevada Democratic Victory spokeswoman said. Mallory Payne. “A week after the Dobbs ruling, Lombardo won’t even answer basic questions about his promise to be an anti-choice governor.”

Democrats cited an answer Lombardo gave during a KLAS Channel 8 debate, in which he said he was ‘pro-life’ and would consider any anti-abortion legislation sent to him if he was elected.

Again, the turnaround may be fair play, as Republicans asked Sisolak – also unanswered – if there is any restrictions he would place on abortion services in Nevada, including late-term abortion. While polls have generally shown support for abortion rights, this support dwindles during the later stages of pregnancy. According to Gallup, only 20% of people (a historic high, by the way) said abortion should be legal in the last three months of pregnancy.

The issue of abortion has also been raised in the US Senate race. The Nevada Independents Tabitha Muller got the republican candidate audio Adam Laxalt calling Roe v. Wade of “kidding” and saying the decision had been “a total and complete fabrication”.

This view, by the way, is not limited to Republicans. Even proponents of abortion rights – including the late judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg – have held in the past that Roe v. Wade had been decided on less than solid grounds. The Washington Post reported that Ginsburg favored a more progressive approach and would have grounded abortion rights in equal protection rather than an unmentioned constitutional right to privacy.

And Laxalt’s Democratic opponent, Catherine Cortez Masto, clearly believes that there is some power to the issue of abortion. On Friday, she held a press conference on abortion rights to emphasize her position and contrast her views with Laxalt’s.

Tell the misfortunes

Lombardo has more to worry about than abortion. His main adversary Joey Gilbert, does not want to let his electoral defeat pass, even if the margin of almost 26,000 votes is quite insurmountable. This week, Gilbert demanded — and paid for — a statewide vote recount that was taking place as of this writing.

But wait, there’s more: Gilbert seems determined to challenge the primary election results in court, meaning the recount drama is just the first chapter in a book of woes for Lombardo, who prefers from afar to focus on his general election battle with Sisolak.

The Democratic Governors Association issued a statement gloating over the Republican’s dilemma.

“Joe Lombardo may regret embracing the Big Lie for the past year now that members of his own party are using baseless election conspiracy theories against him,” the DGA spokeswoman said. Christine Amestoy in a report. “The general election has just started, and Lombardo has already proven he can’t unify the Republican base. We can’t wait to see his campaign continue to flow over the next four months. »

For the record, Lombardo never accepted the false allegation that the 2020 election was stolen. Instead, he took a common position in the GOP (former Governor of New Jersey. chris christi said the same thing) that he saw no evidence to prove the allegations of voter fraud. (Spoiler alert: that’s because there isn’t!)

But as long as Gilbert is on a lonely quest to say the election was stolen, Gilbert fans don’t have to choose whether to embrace Lombardo or another overall contender. And it’s a waste of time for Lombardo, and a boon for Sisolak.

Approval Update

Cortez Masto landed a rural Republican endorsement, which is newsworthy given that rural parts of the state tend to be dark red. But the Churchill County Commissioner Carl Erquiaga spoke in an editorial published in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“I have been asked by some of my friends and family how a Republican can support a Democrat in the Senate. And the answer is simple: Senator Cortez Masto has proven that she will live up to our expectations,” Erquiaga wrote. “From protecting our farms and ranches to fighting to cut costs for our families, I know I can count on her to stand up for what matters to me. And while I’m always proud to be a Republican , I will support Catherine because I know she will always fight for me and my family.

The approval follows a television ad featuring mining workers thanking Cortez Masto for raising a federal mining tax that could have impacted their industry, which is important in rural parts of the state.

On the same page

It’s no secret that Nevada Democrats aren’t always on the same page, ever since a cadre of activists affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America took control of the state party l last year and that former party members formed the rival group Nevada Democratic Victory. But one thing all Democrats seem to agree on is putting Nevada in the lead when it comes to appointing the next president.

After the party presented its case to a committee of the Democratic National Committee, it sent out a press release that received nearly unanimous support, including the party chairwoman Judith WhitmerUS Sense. Cortez Masto and Jackie RosenSisolak, representatives. Steve Horsford, Susie Lee and Dinah Tituslieutenant governor. Lisa Cano burkheadAttorney General Aaron Fordstate treasurer zack Conineformer state senator. Yvanna will cancelClark County Commissioner (and former Democratic Party Chairman) William McCurdy IIstate senator majority leader Nicholas Cannizzarofuture President of the Assembly Steve YeagerMayor of West Wendover Daniel Crownand longtime Democratic uber-consultant Rebecca Lambe.


“It’s definitely not over,” Gilbert told the governor’s campaign spokesperson. Paul White. “There has been real outside-the-box activity in the election.”

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