This week, at a hearing on SB179-a bill that proposes various changes to Nevada abortion law,
NVRTL Executive Director Melissa Clement said that
an amendment to SB179 that both took out language in the bill that would have removed Nevada’s parental notification law and took out language removing penalties for concealing birth by disposing of the child’s dead body, “improves a very bad bill — unfortunately, not enough for Nevada Right to Life to support it.”
The other proposed changes in the bill to Nevada’s already permissive abortion law make this bill an abortionist and abortion clinic protection act.
First, as Clement noted, it "transfers the burden from the doctor to the woman, who may not know what to ask."
Second, it removes the requirement that physical and emotional implications be explained.
Third, SB179 removes the provision that informed consent to an abortion has been given “freely and without coercion,” removing responsibility for the abortionist to make sure there is no coercion. Many times when a woman or child presents herself for an abortion, there are other people who have a personal interest in her having the abortion. Coercion screening is especially necessary because Nevada’s parental notification statute is currently suspended. Abortion clinics should not be accessories to further victimization.
These provisions protect the abortionist and make this a virtual abortionist protection act.
A fourth objection is that the bill would also remove the provision that “Every person who shall manufacture, sell or give away any instrument, drug, medicine or other substance, knowing or intending that the same may be unlawfully used in procuring the miscarriage of a woman, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.” With such a weak unborn victims of violence law in Nevada, were someone to secretly give a drug to a pregnant women to cause abortion, it’s doubtful there would be any penalty for the harm done to the unborn.
NVRTL supports the provision to prevent aborting women from being prosecuted for aborting. The pro-life movement has not advocated the prosecution for women who have had an abortion.
to read the reasons why women were not prosecuted for abortion prior to Roe.
Thank you to everyone who came to the hearing or attended by video conference in Las Vegas. Thank you to everyone who wrote to members of the committee and shared their opinion at the legislative opinion site.
The fact that the bill was amended says that legislators heard both you and Nevada Right to Life, loud and clear.
We’ll have more information as it becomes available. For now please help us defeat this bill by doing the following: