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Why now?

We are seeing unprecedented attacks on our reproductive freedom across the country.  But here in Nevada, we have the first-ever female-majority legislature, and it’s time we stood up as a beacon of hope for women and families across the country. Although we know that Nevadans support legal access to abortion, there are still antiquated laws on the books that need updating.  As one of 9 states in the United States with voter-affirmed protections in our state law, we need to ensure that all of our laws are up to date in the event that our state becomes a place for Nevadans and others to come and access care.

What does this bill 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.)

 

Current Law

Marital Status

Age

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

Proposed Changes

Removed

Removed

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

What Can You Do To Help Get SB179 Passed into Nevada Law?

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We fight for a future that includes access to all reproductive health care no matter your zip code or employer. Nevada must lead the charge. Are you with us?