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.)
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
Who Supports This Bill?
NARAL! Plus our many champions in the legislature, including these sponsors:
- Senator Yvanna Cancela
- Senator Julia Ratti
- Senator Melanie Scheible
- Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel
- Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle
- Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod
- Assemblywoman Sarah Peters
- Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen
- Senator Chris Brooks
- Senator Nicole Cannizzaro
- Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop
- Senator Dallas Harris
- Senator James Ohrenschall
- Senator David Parks
- Senator Pat Spearman
- Senator Joyce Woodhouse
- Assemblyman Alexander Assefa
- Assemblywoman Bea Duran
- Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo
- Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow
- Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui
- Assemblywoman Susie Martinez
- Assemblyman William McCurdy
- Assemblywoman Brittney Miller
- Assemblywoman Connie Munk
- Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson
- Assemblyman Howard Watts
What Can You Do To Help Get SB179 Passed into Nevada Law?
- Email your State Senator and State Assemblyperson, and make sure they’re supporting the Trust Nevada Women Act. If they’re already sponsoring it, thank them!
- Submit your favorable opinion on the official Nevada Legislature website
- Call your legislator!
- Show up in person when there are hearings and votes on the bill
- Follow us on Social Media. We’ll post updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Questions? If you’d like to get more involved, please contact a NARAL Nevada Organizing Coordinator: