For Immediate Release: Friday, May 26, 2017                                                       

NARAL Stands with Nevada State Legislators to Urge Gov Sandoval to Stand Up for Families, Sign Bipartisan Bill Expanding Access to Birth Control

NARAL Members Pushed to Generate Support for the Bill, Lobbying Lawmakers to Stand Up for Nevada Families

(Carson City, NV) — Following the final legislative passage of affordable birth control legislation, NARAL joined State Senator Julia Ratti, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, community advocates and doctors today to urge Governor Sandoval to sign the measure. The legislation, SB 233, passed with strong bipartisan support out of the Senate and Assembly and is now heading to the Governor’s desk for a signature.

The NARAL-backed contraception legislation championed by Senator Ratti and Assemblywoman Benitez-Thompson ensures contraception remains affordable for Nevada families and that women can access up to 12 months of birth control at a time.

Speakers from NARAL, Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates and the American Medical Association praised Senator Ratti and Assemblywoman Benitez-Thompson for championing comprehensive women’s health legislation that will help Nevada women get ahead and stay ahead.

NARAL’s top legislative priority this session has been for state leaders to pass a plan to make contraception remains affordable and accessible for Nevada women and families. As politicians in Washington D.C. work overtime to remove access to healthcare that thousands of Nevadans rely on, we  In support of its efforts, NARAL has pushed out an ongoing ad campaign that urges the governor to act and hosted a series of “Feminist Road Trips” which brought Nevadans from across the state to Carson City to advocate for the passage of this important legislation.

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“Senate Bill 233 not only expands access to contraception, it also guarantees that Nevadans maintain barrier free access to preventative services, prenatal care, cancer screenings, and screenings for STDs,” said State Senator Julia Ratti. “I look forward to Governor Sandoval joining the bipartisan group of legislators in standing up for the health of Nevada’s women and families by signing this bill.

“Nevada women made it clear that birth control isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson. “By signing these comprehensive measures, Governor Sandoval will join the bipartisan coalition of legislators in sending a message that Nevada can lead the way in protecting women and families.”  

 

“With our access to basic healthcare under increasing threat, this legislation proves that Nevada can lead the way in protecting affordable birth control” said Caroline Mello Roberson, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada state director. “ This has been a grassroots, Nevadan led effort. From all over the state, NARAL members joined in Feminist Road Trips from Las Vegas to Carson City where they pressed state leaders to do the right thing. The passage of this legislation is a testament to the everyday people who showed up, fought for their values, and made Nevada a better place to raise a family. We are hopeful that Governor Sandoval will sign this important legislation into law to protect Nevada women. ”

 

Assembly Bill 249 would bar insurance plans sold in Nevada from charging a copy to cover the cost of contraception. The bill also allows for women to receive a 12-month supply of birth control at one time, potentially reducing the need to visit a pharmacy as frequently.

Senate Bill 233 incorporates those same contraception provisions. SB 233 also requires insurance plans to continue to cover cervical and breast cancer screenings, prenatal care, certain vaccinations, and other services.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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