The Trust Nevada Women Act has been signed into law!
What does this law do?
1. Removes Antiquated Criminal Penalties
There are provisions in Nevada law that put criminal penalties on acts related to abortion, such as $10,000 in fines and punishments of up to 10 years in prison. SB179 changes that. These laws were crafted in the early 1900s and the acts are punishable under different areas of criminal code. Ending a pregnancy is not a criminal act, and should not be treated as if it were!
2. Updates Informed Consent for Patients
Today, the law requires certain information before a woman can have an abortion. SB179 changes the information a woman must provide. Specifically, the changes ensure a woman can get information in the language she is fluent in and provide the doctor with a more comprehensive patient record. Both the doctor and patient need to have all necessary information before completing such a serious and personal medical procedure. (The chart below outlines the changes.)
Doctor must notify woman of pregnancy
Doctor must inform patient of weeks passed since likely conception
Doctor must explain the physical and emotional implications of an abortion
Woman must give written consent
Doctor must thoroughly explain the procedure and follow up care
Doctor must disclose risks associated with the procedure
Doctor must offer to answer any questions
Woman must give written consent and be provided an interpreter to ensure consent is clearly given