Laxalt opposes a woman’s right to choose.
Laxalt’s only stated position on reproductive rights is, “I’m pro-life.”
Laxalt said he will “look into” rolling back a Nevada law guaranteeing access to abortion, then tried to walk it back.
Laxalt told Reno’s KOLO that he would “look into” rolling back access to abortion in Nevada, despite an existing law that Nevadans overwhelmingly passed in 1990 guaranteeing a woman’s right to choose. Laxalt’s campaign then went into total damage control, suggesting first that Laxalt couldn’t understand the question his campaign falsely alleged the KOLO reporter “shouted over a loud, cheering crowd.” Hours later, his campaign issued a statement claiming Laxalt’s comment was “taken out of context.”
However, raw video contradicted Laxalt’s defense and indicated Laxalt didn’t even know Nevada’s current abortion law.
Laxalt pushed to restrict access to essential reproductive care.
Laxalt signed a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in support of a religious refusals rule allowing health care professionals to deny care based on moral or religious objections. This rule could cause unsafe delays for women seeking an abortion — or deny them any access at all — and could prevent rape victims from receiving emergency contraception.
Laxalt joined a U.S. Supreme Court case supporting fake clinics that discourage women from making their own health care decisions.
Laxalt added Nevada to an amicus brief in January 2018 with other conservative attorneys general. Laxalt did not consult with Nevada’s pro-choice Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, before joining the brief, and Laxalt did not announce the action or respond to a request for comment.
Laxalt visited one such fake clinic in Las Vegas in February. First Choice Pregnancy Services has a long track record of putting obstacles between a woman and her right to an abortion, including intentionally locating themselves next to Las Vegas’s main abortion provider, giving misleading statistics about miscarriages to convince women that they “may not need an abortion,” and coercing women who test positive for pregnancy to get an ultrasound right then and there.
Laxalt quietly added Nevada to a lawsuit supporting an “unduly burdensome” Texas abortion ban, also without consulting Gov. Sandoval.
The amicus brief sought to ban the most common method of second trimester abortions. A federal judge ruled the ban unconstitutional for being “unduly burdensome” on women and forcing them to seek riskier, more invasive alternatives.
In a press release announcing the brief, the Louisiana attorney general argued on behalf of the coalition that “States may pass legislation that shows the State’s profound respect for the life of an unborn child at all stages of gestation” — a direct affront to the rights guaranteed to women under Roe v. Wade.
Laxalt did not consult Gov. Sandoval’s office before adding Nevada to the brief, failed to notify Nevadans of the action in any way, and his campaign did not respond to a request for comment about whether he would support a similar ban in Nevada if elected.
Laxalt joined a brief in support of a similar abortion ban in Alabama.
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.
In a press release announcing the brief, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said, “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.” Laxalt did not issue a press release announcing his decision to join the brief. The Nevada Independent notes that “Laxalt’s office didn’t respond to an inquiry…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.”
Laxalt pushed to block abortion access in landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.
In the first abortion rights case heard by the Supreme Court in over 20 years, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Laxalt signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas law the Court struck down for placing an unconstitutional burden on women’s reproductive freedoms. The law was a TRAP law, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, that imposed medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics for the sole purpose of curbing the availability of abortion providers. The 2013 state law forced more than half of Texas’ abortion providers to shutter, and if it were upheld, Texas women would be left with as few as nine abortion providers in the 800 mile-long state.
#AskLaxalt why he’s trying to hide his radical anti-choice views.
When The Nevada Independent asked Laxalt four specific questions about his views on abortion, he replied simply, “I’m pro-life.”
“The conservative gubernatorial candidate did not respond to questions on whether abortion should be outlawed at all stages or just some, whether there should be requirements for parental notification, ultrasounds before abortion or a waiting period. His campaign website also does not address social issues.”