For Immediate Release: April 16, 2019
NARAL Celebrates As Nevada Senate Votes to Advance Trust Nevada Women Act
This critical piece of legislation will usher in a new era of equality, dignity, and freedom in the Silver State
Today, the Nevada Senate voted 12-to-9 in favor of the Trust Nevada Women Act (TNWA)/SB179. The TNWA, sponsored by Sen. Yvanna Cancela, is common-sense legislation that will bring Nevada law in line with Nevadans’ overwhelmingly pro-choice values and remove antiquated abortion restrictions. Last week, NARAL members embarked on their third “Feminist Road Trip” of the legislative session to pack the halls of the capitol in support of the TNWA and talk to legislators about the importance of safeguarding reproductive rights in 2019.
NARAL and its 45,000 members have proudly led the push for the TNWA, hosting weekly phone banking events in Reno & Las Vegas, testifying on behalf of the bill, and filling the hearing room—and two more overflow rooms—at the bill’s first public hearing. In a recent op-ed in the Las Vegas Sun, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada State Director Caroline Mello Roberson explained how essential the TNWA is to improving the health and wellbeing of Nevada women and families.
Polling by NARAL shows that across Nevada, 8 in 10 people support access to safe and legal abortion and agree that women, not government, should be making these health care decisions.
“The Trust Nevada Women Act is a crucial piece of legislation that will bring Nevada’s laws in line with Nevadans’ values,” said Caroline Mello Roberson. “We know that Nevadans are overwhelmingly pro-choice and the TNWA will finally ensure these values are reflected in state law. NARAL and our members, along with our pro-choice champions in the State Senate, have fought hard to advance this essential legislation and will continue to keep the pressure on as it heads to the Assembly.”
In February, NARAL Nevada and Sen. Cancela, along with dozens of NARAL members and pro-choice champions in the legislature unveiled the TNWA at a press conference in Carson City. The proposal would take Nevada off the list of only 6 remaining states with laws on the books that criminalize people for ending a pregnancy. We know that the 8 in 10 Nevadans who trust women, not politicians, to make their own reproductive health care choices are ready to see this legislation to move forward.