On Thursday night, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt attended the annual Friends for Life dinner hosted by Nevada Right to Life, an official state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, one of the most prominent anti-choice organizations in the country. Republican candidates Michael Roberson, Wes Duncan, and Barbara Cegavske were also in attendance. Laxalt received the support of Jeremy McNeil, the executive director of Nevada Right to Life PAC.
When asked a series of questions in January by The Nevada Independent about his views on abortion, Laxalt glossed over by simply saying, “I’m pro-life.”
“The conservative gubernatorial candidate did not respond to questions on whether abortion should be outlawed at all stages or just some, whether there should be requirements for parental notification, ultrasounds before abortion or a waiting period.” — The Nevada Independent, 1/7/18
Though Laxalt tried to hide his extreme anti-choice views from the press, his support of Right to Life — in addition to his recent visit to a clinic that tries to intimidate women out of getting an abortion — makes it clear where he stands on a woman’s right to choose.
National Right to Life wants to overturn Roe v. Wade in order to establish “personhood” and outlaw abortion. “[General counsel James] Bopp says that while he agrees with the goal of declaring fertilized eggs people, that can only be accomplished after the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade.” — NPR, 11/9/11
Forcing women to receive ultrasounds is a “high priority” for National Right to Life state affiliates.
One of Nevada Right to Life’s “highest priorities” has been enforcing Nevada’s parental notification law. In the 2013 legislative session, Nevada Right to Life president Melissa Clement urged the legislature to find a “fix” to enforce Nevada’s dormant parental notification law, even offering to submit amendment language.
National Right to Life believes mandatory waiting periods are a “reasonable abortion limit.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“By supporting a group whose sole mission is to eliminate a woman’s right to choose, Laxalt is making it clear that he does not stand with Nevada women. If Laxalt had his way, women would not have the freedom to make their own personal health care decisions. Laxalt’s radical conservative ideology is out of step with Nevada values and too extreme for the governor’s mansion.”