Efforts to codify abortion rights are underway in another state

Nevada is the latest state where advocates are pushing to enshrine access to abortion and other reproductive rights in the state constitution. In doing so, they take their cue from other states that successfully codified these rights after the U.S. Supreme Court condemned Roe v. Wade last year.

Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom – a coalition consisting of Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada – submitted a petition to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday urging voters to do so Preserve protections constitutional amendment.

If the group collects at least 103,000 valid signatures from registered voters by June 26, the question will appear on the ballot in November 2024. If a simple majority supports an amendment, voters in 2026 will be asked to give it a second approval, according to Nevada’s rules for changes to the state constitution.

“The Consequences of Overturning Roe v. Wade through the Supreme Court have shown us that we have already suffered for a year too long without the guaranteed right to reproductive freedom and that we simply cannot afford to sit idly by and allow further encroachments on the fundamental right.” “It’s important “That Nevadans determine their own reproductive lives and care,” Lindsey Harmon, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada, said in a statement.

People in Reno, Nevada protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade in 2022.
People in Reno, Nevada protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade in 2022.

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The change would ensure that Nevada residents have the right to make decisions about ““all matters relating to pregnancy,” reads a copy of the text obtained by HuffPost. This includes, among other things: “Prenatal care, childbirth, postnatal care, birth control, vasectomy, tubal ligation, abortion, abortion care, miscarriage management and infertility care.”

The change would allow the state to ““Regulate the provision of abortion care based on fetal viability,” which typically begins around the year 24th week of pregnancyas long as the pregnancy does not endanger the “life or physical or mental health of the pregnant person.”

The effort in Nevada comes at a time when pro-natalist Republicans, motivated by the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can set their own abortion restrictions, have set their sights on a sweeping, statewide abortion ban — even with laws that are so extreme , remain very unpopular with voters, surveys show.

“When the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion care, it permanently changed the landscape of access across the country,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, state campaigns director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement. “Now state-level protections like the ones we have in Nevada are being tested like never before. Anti-abortion extremists are more determined than ever to end abortion access, and we cannot and will not allow their dangerous vision for Nevada to become a reality.”

Nevada, where polls show approximately 7 out of 10 voters She is considered a pro-choice advocate and currently has a federal law protecting abortion, but a constitutional amendment would make that right safer. Nevada is among the states that have seen a sharp increase increase Since the fall of Roe, abortion patients have been on the rise as people from states that have cracked down on the procedure move across the country in search of medical care.

Several other states passed similar constitutional amendments in recent elections, including California, Michigan and Vermont. Anti-abortion efforts in deep red states have also proven unpopular over the past year. Kentucky voters rejected an attempt to enshrine in the state constitution that the state does not protect the right to abortion or require funding for abortion care. Kansas voters also overwhelmingly chose to retain abortion protections in their state constitution.

Ohioans will vote on a similar constitutional amendment later this year, and Florida is attempting to put a constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights on the ballot in progress as well as.

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