Nevada Senate Health Committee Votes to Advance Trust Nevada Women Act 

This common sense legislation will bring Nevada law in line with Nevadans’ overwhelmingly pro-choice values & remove antiquated abortion restrictions 

Today, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 3-to-2 to move forward the Trust Nevada Women Act (TNWA), legislation to remove criminal penalties for abortion and other outdated barriers to reproductive health care. NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada State Director Caroline Mello Roberson and NARAL members gathered at the state capitol in support of the TNWA.

This Senate work session follows the bill’s first hearing last month, when more than 75 pro-choice activists from across Nevada packed a state capitol hearing room—and spilled over into two more overflow rooms—to rally in support of and testify on behalf of the TNWA.

New polling by NARAL shows that across Nevada, 8 in 10 people support access to abortion and agree that women, not government, should be making these health care decisions. This legislative session, NARAL members have embarked on two “Feminist Road Trips” to the capitol to talk to legislators about the importance of safeguarding reproductive rights in 2019, encouraging them to pass the TNWA for the health and wellbeing of all Nevadans.

“We’re excited to see the Trust Nevada Women Act move one step closer to becoming law and improving the lives of Nevada women and families,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada State Director Caroline Mello Roberson. “By voting to move this bill forward, senators are showing their commitment to aligning Nevada laws with the values of Nevadans, who overwhelmingly support protecting a woman’s ability to make private reproductive health care decisions without the interference of politicians. NARAL and our more than 45,000 members are proud to support this bill and will continue to give it the full weight of our support as it heads to the Senate floor.”

In 2018, voters sent a clear  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. Nevada elected its first Democratic Governor since 1999, is now represented by two female Senators, and secured the first majority women legislature in the country, 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.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  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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