Out-of-touch Republican Cresent Hardy, candidate for Congressional District 4, told The Nevada Independent that he’s “against abortion completely” in a recent interview. This is the most extreme anti-choice position Hardy has taken to date, and runs contrary to the overwhelmingly pro-choice views of Nevada voters.
Nevada voters affirmed a woman’s right to choose in 1990 by a nearly two-thirds majority, and nearly seven in ten Nevadans identify as pro-choice, according to NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada. But that hasn’t stopped Hardy from doubling down on his out-of-touch, far-right view on abortion in his 2018 Congressional run, despite the fact that Americans’ support for Roe v. Wade is at its highest level in over ten years.
Hardy spent his previous tenure in Congress working to rip away access to reproductive health care from women, including rape survivors. During his 2014 campaign, he pledged to “end the practice of abortion in our country.” Once he got to Congress, Hardy voted for a 20 week abortion ban even when the woman’s life was at risk, and co-sponsored a so-called “personhood” bill that would effectively outlaw abortion at any stage.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Cresent Hardy’s extreme anti-choice views are out of touch with Nevadans and make him unfit to represent Nevada’s Fourth District in Congress. Clearly Hardy has learned nothing in his time away from Congress and is still fixated on pushing his extreme ideology instead of serving Nevadans. Women of Nevada’s Fourth District won’t stand for a candidate who wants to take away their constitutional rights, and they’ll reject Hardy and his out-of-touch agenda in November.”