Today, The Nevada Independent reported that Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt added Nevada to yet another amicus brief supporting an anti-choice law in another state. Laxalt joined a lawsuit in March 2017 in support of an Alabama law banning the most common abortion procedure used in the second trimester. The law was struck down by a federal judge in Alabama last year and the state is currently appealing the ruling.
The Nevada Independent notes that Laxalt has the endorsement of the anti-choice group Nevada Right to Life, which asks candidates in its 2018 questionnaire if they support overturning Roe v. Wade. Laxalt has not released his responses to the questionnaire and did not return The Nevada Independent’s request for comment.
This brief is similar to one Laxalt joined in support of a Texas law ruled unconstitutional for being “unduly burdensome” on women’s constitutional right to abortion. Laxalt also waded into the first abortion rights case heard by the Supreme Court in over 20 years, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, joining an amicus brief in support of the Texas law the Court struck down for placing an unconstitutional burden on women’s reproductive freedoms. Laxalt also added Nevada to an amicus brief in favor of allowing so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to withhold information from women about all their options. In all four amicus briefs, Laxalt did not issue a press release or otherwise announce his action, and he did not consult Republican pro-choice Governor Brian Sandoval before joining at least two of the lawsuits.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt’s fringe anti-choice views could not be any clearer. Despite his desperate attempts to trick Nevada women into believing he’s not an extremist who wants to take away their reproductive rights, he has repeatedly used his office to engage in a clandestine crusade against reproductive freedoms nationwide. Nevada voters definitively support a woman’s right to choose, and Laxalt could not be more out of step with their values.”
The Nevada Independent: Laxalt signs Nevada on to support Alabama abortion restrictions; had backed similar law in Texas
By Michelle Rindels
July 13, 2018
Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt signed Nevada onto an amicus brief last year supporting an Alabama ban on the procedure most commonly used in second-trimester abortions.
Laxalt’s involvement in the Alabama case, which was not announced in a Nevada press release at the time, is his third known amicus brief supporting abortion restrictions or pro-life entities in other states.
“Louisiana is an unapologetically pro-life state; and, as its chief legal officer, I will stand with our fellow pro-life states in defending life and the dignity of the unborn,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a press release that announced Nevada among the 22 states that had signed on to his brief supporting Alabama’s law.
Laxalt has described his position as pro-life and he landed the endorsement of Nevada Right to Life, an organization that opposes abortion rights. In a 2018 candidate questionnaire, the group asks whether candidates support the reversal of Roe v. Wade and whether they support prohibitions on abortion past 20 weeks gestation
Nevada voters essentially locked in state law provisions allowing for abortion with a statewide vote in 1990 in which nearly 64 percent supported allowing abortions within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. And because the initiative passed a referendum vote, it’s set in place unless overturned by a direct vote of the people.
Laxalt’s office didn’t respond to an inquiry from The Nevada Independent on Thursday about why he chose to sign on to the Louisiana brief, and seeking his response to criticism that the move came in contradiction to the will of a majority of Nevada voters in the 1990 vote.