Tonight, gubernatorial candidates will gather to discuss critical issues related to reproductive rights at a forum organized by the nonprofit NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada. One candidate who’s already shown his disdain for facing voters this week will be missing — Republican attorney general Adam Laxalt.
As shameful as Laxalt’s absence is, it’s no surprise, given how hard he’s worked to hide his extreme anti-choice views from Nevadans. Laxalt has ignored questions on his positions on access to abortion, including on whether abortion should be outlawed at certain stages, mandatory parental notifications, ultrasound requirements, and mandatory waiting periods.
At the same time, Laxalt has used the attorney general’s office to push his anti-choice agenda onto women nationwide — and has made efforts to conceal his actions from the public and from Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. In all three cases, Laxalt didn’t announce his actions and refused to comment on them.
Laxalt signed a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in support of “conscience protections” for health care professionals who refused care based on moral or religious objections. These “protections” could cause unsafe delays for women seeking an abortion — or deny access at all — and could prevent rape victims from receiving emergency contraception.
Laxalt quietly added Nevada to a lawsuit supporting an “unduly burdensome” Texas abortion ban without consulting Gov. Sandoval.
Last month, the NV Dems filed a public records request with the attorney general’s office for correspondence between Laxalt and a variety of anti-choice groups he is known to support in order to find out just how much Laxalt is collaborating with these organizations to further his radical anti-choice agenda.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt is too afraid to face Nevada women tonight and tell them how little he values their right to make their own health care decisions. Since becoming attorney general, Laxalt has been on a secret mission to strip women across the country of their reproductive freedom. Nevada women won’t allow him to use the governor’s office to continue pushing his zealous anti-choice crusade.”