For Immediate Release: June 3, 2017                                                                  

After Months of Organizing, NARAL Celebrates Passage of Plan to Expand Birth Control Access in Nevada: Governor Sandoval signs SB 233

Historic Law marks first time in 18 years Nevada updates birth control laws; NARAL Members Pushed to Generate Support for the Bill, Lobbying Lawmakers to Stand Up for Nevada Families

In a win for Nevada families, Gov. Sandoval signed into law a bipartisan plan to expand access to affordable contraception for women across the state. The NARAL-backed legislation ensures contraception remains affordable for Nevada families and that women can access up to 12 months of birth control at a time, which has been proven to reduce unplanned pregnancies by 30%.

NARAL Nevada took out digital ads, lobbied state leaders, and organized its members from across Nevada in its successful effort to pass this important bill.  With the signing of this historic law, Nevada joins a coalition of states who are leading the resistance against federal attempts to roll back access to affordable birth control.

“With our access to basic healthcare under increasing threat, this new law shows that Nevada can lead the resistance protecting women and our families,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada state director. “No woman should have to deal with an unplanned pregnancy because she couldn’t get to the pharmacy on time or because a politician took away her birth control.  That’s why NARAL members across Nevada pushed for months to get this bill across the finish line. From all over the state, NARAL members joined in monthly Feminist Road Trips to the state capital where they pressed state leaders to do the right thing. Today’s victory is a testament to the everyday people who showed up, fought for their values, and made Nevada a better place to raise a family.”

The new law codifies the “no-co pay” requirement of the Affordable Care Act into Nevada law. With the Trump administration’s plan to roll back the historic birth control expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the passage of this law means Nevadans will continue to be able to access affordable birth control. It also expands access to birth control by allowing for up to 12 months of contraception to be dispensed at once. The strong bipartisan support for the bill mirrors the incredible grassroots support we’ve seen across the state. NARAL members from across Nevada have participated in a series of “Feminist Road Trips” to support the bill, driving for hours on buses to lobby leaders on behalf of families across the state. Thanks to those efforts, Nevadans have access to affordable birth control.


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