On Tuesday, the state of Nevada rolled back several abortion restrictions when they passed a sweeping bill which removes or reversed some requirements to obtain an abortion.
According to the Washington Examiner, the bill passed 27 to 13 in the Democratic-majority chamber. As the state Senate has passed similar legislation, the bill will be sent to Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak where he is expected to sign it.
“The bill removes criminal penalties for women who take abortion-inducing drugs or perform abortions on themselves,” the Washington Examiner reports. And, “The bill also reverses a requirement that physicians explain ‘the physical and emotional implications’ before preforming abortions. Instead, they will be required only to describe the procedure itself and what it entails.”
These hyper-pro-abortion legislative changes follow a national disagreement on abortion’s place in the 21st century. Several states like Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri, and Alabama are looking to ban abortion in its entirety while states like New York and Nevada are looking to expand abortion opportunities.
The Hill adds:
The bill, passed largely along party lines, repeals requirements that physicians tell women about the “physical and emotional implications” of an abortion and determine a woman’s age and marital status before performing the procedure. It also decriminalizes giving a woman medication to induce an abortion without the advice of a doctor.
“When the rest of the country may feel hopeless, may feel bleak, they should look to Nevada as the shining beacon that we are for women’s rights,” state Sen. Yvanna Cancela (D) said to supporters of the bill outside the Nevada legislature Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.
The Nevada Assembly is the nation’s first majority-female state legislature.
The bill passed by a 27-13 margin, with unanimous Republican disapproval and all but one Democrat voting in favor. Republican lawmakers expressed concern about the clause lifting to the requirement to inquire about a woman’s age and marital status.
“Without the provision requiring a physician to ask the age of a patient, we may be missing clear red flags of abuse and trafficking,” Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R) said, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Members of the pro-life movement are hoping the United States Supreme Court—and its new conservative-majority—will hear legal challenges regarding abortion and potentially overturn the 1973 decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.