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Laxalt Joins Texas to Back ‘Unduly Burdensome’ Abortion Ban

Today, The Nevada Independent reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate and attorney general Adam Laxalt signed onto an amicus brief defending a Texas abortion ban law that was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

The Texas ban outlaws the most common method of abortion used in the second trimester. Bans like this one could prohibit surgical abortion after 14 weeks. A federal judge said the ban is “unduly burdensome” to women because it would force them to seek “riskier, invasive alternatives.”

Laxalt did not publicize his move to join the brief, and ignored a request for comment for the story on whether he’d support a ban like the one in Texas if he were elected.

“Laxalt has said he is pro-life, but has not answered questions about whether he would seek to implement greater restrictions on abortion in Nevada, such as an ultrasound requirement, parental notification or a waiting period. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday evening about whether he would support or sponsor a ban on dilation and evacuation abortions if elected governor.” — The Nevada Independent, 3/14/17

Laxalt also did not consult fellow Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval before joining the lawsuit, adding to a pattern of engaging the state in ideological litigation behind the governor’s back.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla made the following statement:

“Laxalt’s cowardly attempt to conceal his radical anti-choice views is insulting to Nevada women. He continues to snub questions on reproductive rights while quietly using his taxpayer-funded office to push his zealous crusade to strip women of their right to choose. Laxalt is out of touch with Nevada values, and women will reject him and his oppressive agenda in November.”