LAS VEGAS — Today, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, a Texas law prohibiting most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy went into effect after the United States Supreme Court failed to act on a request to block it. This inaction served as an implicit endorsement of the most restrictive abortion law in the nation from the Court, and will now force women’s health care clinics in the state to turn away women seeking the procedure.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer released the following statement today in support of women’s health care:
“Let’s be clear: Reproductive rights are human rights. They are non-negotiable and are protected under our country’s Constitution. A six-week abortion ban — a time period in which most women aren’t even aware that they are pregnant — effectively outlaws the procedure. This is a horrific precedent set by the state of Texas and our highest Court and is part of an ongoing coordinated effort by anti-abortion groups and politicians to pass laws with no medical benefits that are intended to delay or eliminate access to care and shame people seeking an abortion.
This blow to women’s care has no place in our country, and will certainly never be allowed to exist in the state of Nevada. Abortion care is fundamental to equality and autonomy, and the right to abortion and reproductive care is protected by decades of Supreme Court precedent, despite their current negligence in the face of this unlawful ban.
No longer can pundits claim that the Supreme Court is not a political body. The Court’s decision to rest on its laurels in the face of the most egregious assault on women’s bodily autonomy is unconscionable, and a direct consequence of allowing the Trump administration to nominate multiple justices to the Court. This ban is proof perfect that elections have consequences, and why we will continue to fight for pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot.”