John Locher / AP
While states like Alabama, Missouri and Georgia address their new laws that restrict access to abortion, Nevada moves in the opposite direction. The State Assembly on Tuesday adopted a law that removed some claims that had existed for decades.
The measure abolishes a requirement that women seeking abortion should tell about the "physical and emotional consequences" of having the procedure. It decriminalizes supplying a woman with medication to induce abortion without the advice of a physician. And it removes a requirement that a doctor determine the woman's age and marital status before performing an abortion.
"When the rest of the country can feel hopeless, it may feel gloomy, they must look to Nevada as the shining guy we are for women's rights," said Democratic Senator Yvanna Cancela's proponents of the bill outside Nevada Legislature before the vote, The Associated Press reported. The Nevada Assembly is the country's first majority-female state legislature.
The bill consisted of 27-13 on a mostly part-line vote. All but one democracy voted in favor, while each Republican voted against the measure. Republican lawmakers claimed on Tuesday that the law does not do enough to ensure the age of the woman seeking an abortion.
"Without the stipulation that a doctor should ask a patient's age, we may be missing clear red flags for abuse and trafficking," Republican Assemblywoman Jill Tolles said according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
The bill now goes back to the state's senate – who had already passed a similar version – before joining the desk of the Democratic government Steve Sisolak, supporting abortion rights .
In his move towards relaxing abortion restrictions, Nevada jumps a national trend in the other direction. Only this month, Georgia adopted abortion prohibition legislation when a heartbeat can be detected, which typically occurs about six weeks in pregnancy. Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota have similar laws on the books, most of which were passed in 2019. Several states are also considering heartbeat restrictions. And, in what is considered the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, Alabama last week adopted a law banning almost all abortions.