For Immediate Release: March 18, 2019

Activists Packed Hearing Room to Testify in Favor of Groundbreaking New Legislation To Advance Women’s Rights

NARAL Members From Across the State Advocate for Trust Nevada Women Act at First Public Hearing

This afternoon, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held their first hearing on NARAL Nevada’s new legislation, the Trust Nevada Women Act (TNWA), which would remove outdated barriers and clean up antiquated laws long blocked by the courts including removing criminal penalties for abortion. NARAL members drove up from Las Vegas on a Feminist Road Trip and from all across the state to make their voices heard in the capitol during the bill’s first public hearing. NARAL and Senator Yvanna Cancela unveiled the TNWA at a press conference earlier this month. New polling by NARAL shows that more than 8 in 10 Nevadans agree that women, not government, should have the power to determine their own destinies.

“The Trust Nevada Women Act will cement in state law what we already know to be true about the Silver State: Nevadans overwhelmingly support protecting the right for individuals to make private reproductive health care decisions without the interference of politicians,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada State Director. “With this critical legislation, Nevada’s pro-choice legislators in the first majority female legislature in the country are making it clear that they will continue to be on the frontlines of the fight to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, contraception, and abortion care for women and families. NARAL and our more than 45,000 members are excited to continue this fight to move Nevada forward into a new era of equality, dignity, and freedom.”

NARAL members and Sen. Cancela earlier today in the Capitol

Nevada witnessed historic wins up and down the ballot in 2018. These victories were a rebuke to the Trump/Republican agenda that was pushed by Adam Laxalt, Dean Heller, Wes Duncan, Danny Tarkanian and extreme candidates up and down the ballot. Now, Nevada is represented by two female Senators, has elected their first Democratic Governor since 1999, and secured the first female controlled legislature in the country along with a pro-choice majority in the State legislature and a super majority in the House.

In 2016, NARAL members were a part of the successful coalition that flipped the Nevada State legislature from anti-choice to pro-choice control. As result, the 2017 legislative session saw the first bill in more than 18 years to protect and expand access to affordable birth control for all Nevadans. NARAL members will continue to build on this work during the 2019 legislative session and beyond.

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