FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 9, 2021
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Texas’ extreme ban on abortion to be enacted, Nevada leaders highlighted Laxalt’s long record of threatening reproductive freedom
Reno—Following the news that the Supreme Court allowed SB 8, Texas’ ban on abortion at about six weeks—before many even know they are pregnant—to take effect, Caroline Mello Roberson at NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada; Carla Ramazan at Wild West Access Fund of Nevada; and Laura Fitzsimmons, a leader of the 1990’s Question 7 Initiative, joined together to denounce Adam Laxalt’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate and his campaign to outlaw abortion as a member of the U.S. Senate.
Laxalt spent his entire time in office working to restrict reproductive freedom. As attorney general, he signed onto multiple legal efforts that would threaten abortion access, even pledging to “look into” rolling back the law that protects Nevadans’ right to decide that was enshrined in Nevada’s Constitution in 1990 by Nevadans.
“With Roe under threat of being overturned by the Supreme Court, federal protections for reproductive freedom are crucial for protecting women, pregnant people, and families. Yet, Adam Laxalt is determined to undermine this fundamental right. Nevadans need a U.S. senator who values reproductive freedom, like Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Laxalt would be an automatic vote to restrict abortion access, and we know this because of his long anti-choice record as attorney general. We need to stop him,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, Southwest Regional Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“As someone who spent their college years in Texas, at the University of Dallas, the news of the near-total abortion ban in Texas is devastating to me and we can not let it happen in here in Nevada. We cannot turn back the clock by enabling backward-thinking public officials to get a total pass on being a legitimate threat to our freedoms,” said Caral Ramazan, Executive Director at Wild West Access Fund for Nevada.
“Adam Laxalt has instead spent his career in public life working to restrict Nevada women’s reproductive rights. As Attorney General he chose to sign onto multiple legal efforts that would threaten abortion access. Laxalt even pledged to ‘look into’ rolling back Question 7, our hard-fought and longstanding 1990 law that protects Nevadans’ right to choose. With a record like this, it is clear that Nevadans can always count on Adam Laxalt to attack their health care and reproductive rights,” said Laura Fitzsimmons, Leader in the 1990 Question 7 Ballot Campaign.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support safe, legal abortion.