For Immediate Release: Friday, June 23, 2023
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Carson City, Nevada — Nearly one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ignoring over 50 years of precedent and ending the constitutional right to abortion. Against this backdrop of restricted access, Nevada has played a critical role in providing abortion care for people in the southwest who face barriers in their own states. As neighboring states like Idaho, Utah, and Arizona impose strict bans on abortion, Nevada stands as one of the few places in the country where the right to abortion has been voter affirmed.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Southwest Regional Director Caroline Mello Roberson released the following statement in response:
“Amidst the wave of abortion bans that continue to sweep through the southwest following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Nevada stands tall as a pillar of freedom—serving as a powerful example of the impact our votes and voices can have in safeguarding our fundamental rights and advancing policies protecting and expanding abortion access. NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada and our 48,000 members are committed to the ongoing fight for the rights of everybody—no matter who they are or where they come from—to make their own decisions about starting or expanding their families.”
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it opened the door for extremist state lawmakers to put total bans on abortion in place. This decision is having a devastating impact throughout the country as 20 states and counting have eliminated or restricted access because of abortion bans. This past Nevada legislative session, NARAL led the charge to expand abortion access in the state, making progress toward the goal of constitutional protection for the right to reproductive freedom in Nevada. NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada also successfully advocated for a law codifying former Governor Sisolak’s executive order protecting providers and patients seeking abortion care.
The people hurt most by attacks on reproductive freedom are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
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, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.