As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Sisolak accepts an endorsement from the pro-choice group NARAL Nevada today, Sisolak’s promise to protect women’s access to reproductive health care stands in stark contrast to his Republican opponent. Adam Laxalt has spent his entire career as attorney general working — in secret — to roll back women’s reproductive rights all over the country.
Laxalt said he will “look into” rolling back a Nevada law guaranteeing access to abortion, then tried to walk back his statement.
- Laxalt told Reno’s KOLO that he would “look into” rolling back an existing law that Nevadans overwhelmingly passed in 1990 guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose.
- Laxalt’s campaign then went into total damage control, suggesting first that Laxalt couldn’t understand the question that his campaign falsely alleged the KOLO reporter “shouted over a loud, cheering crowd.” Hours later, his campaign issued a statement claiming Laxalt’s comment was “taken out of context.”
Watch the raw footage of Laxalt’s interview for yourself.
Laxalt joined a U.S. Supreme Court case supporting fake clinics that discourage women from making their own health care decisions.
- Laxalt added Nevada to an amicus brief in January 2018 with other conservative attorneys general in favor of allowing so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to withhold information from women about all their options and to conceal the fact that they are unlicensed and don’t have medical professionals on staff.
- Laxalt did not consult with Nevada’s pro-choice Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, before joining the brief, and did not announce the action or respond to requests for comment.
Laxalt toured a fake clinic in Las Vegas in February.
- First Choice Pregnancy Services has a long track record of putting obstacles between a woman and her right to an abortion, including intentionally locating themselves next to Las Vegas’s main abortion provider.
- First Choice peddles misleading statistics about miscarriages to convince women that they “may not need an abortion,” and coerces women who test positive for pregnancy to get an ultrasound right then and there.
Laxalt quietly added Nevada to a lawsuit supporting an “unduly burdensome” Texas abortion ban, also without consulting Gov. Sandoval.
- Laxalt added Nevada to an amicus brief in favor of a Texas law that sought to ban the most common method of second trimester abortions.
- A federal judge ruled the ban unconstitutional for being “unduly burdensome” on women.
- In a press release announcing the brief, the Louisiana attorney general argued on behalf of the coalition that “States may pass legislation that shows the State’s profound respect for the life of an unborn child at all stages of gestation” — a direct affront to the rights guaranteed to women under Roe v. Wade.
Laxalt pushed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to restrict access to essential reproductive care.
- Laxalt signed a letter in support of a religious refusals rule allowing health care professionals to deny care based on moral or religious objections.
- This rule could cause unsafe delays for women seeking an abortion — or deny them any access at all — and could prevent rape victims from receiving emergency contraception.
Laxalt pushed to block abortion access in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.
- In the first abortion rights case heard by the Supreme Court in over 20 years, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Laxalt signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas law the Court struck down for placing an unconstitutional burden on women’s reproductive freedoms.
- The law was a TRAP law, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, that imposed medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics for the sole purpose of curbing the availability of abortion providers.
- The 2013 state law forced more than half of Texas’ abortion providers to shutter, and if it were upheld, Texas women would be left with as few as nine abortion providers in the 800 mile-long state.
Laxalt is endorsed by the anti-choice group Nevada Right to Life, an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).
- State-level restrictions on abortion access like parental notification and mandatory ultrasound laws are “high priority” for NRLC and its Nevada affiliate.
- Nevada Right to Life favors blocking funding for Planned Parenthood, and NRLC wants to overturn Roe v. Wade in order to push through “personhood” laws that effectively outlaw abortion.
- Laxalt has ignored questions about his support of outlawing abortion at certain stages, parental notification laws, mandatory ultrasounds, or compulsory waiting periods.