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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, Adam Laxalt prepares before a debate with Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller in Las Vegas. Laxalt has been going against strong headwinds from the time he first announced his underdog campaign against two-term Democratic Secretary of State candidate Ross Miller last January, all the way up to the drive from southern to northern Nevada to move into his new post. “He was the one guy who never had a doubt that he could win, said Robert Uithoven, Laxalt's campaign consultant. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Monday, Mar 28 2022

“Anti-Abortion Candidate” Adam Laxalt Is Out-Of-Step With Nevadans

Mar 28, 2022

A new report from the Nevada Independent highlights that Nevada Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt is way out-of-step with Nevadans when it comes to abortion rights. 

As the Independent notes, despite strong public support for abortion rights in the Silver State, Laxalt is an outspoken opponent of abortion — signing onto multiple legal efforts geared toward restricting abortion access and even pledging to “look into” overturning Nevada’s 1990 codification of Roe v. Wade.

That 1990 codification of abortion rights passed with support from “nearly two-thirds of Nevada voters.” But that hasn’t stopped Laxalt from describing “himself as an opponent of abortion and, as attorney general, sign[ing] briefs supporting restrictive abortion laws in other states.

Given Laxalt’s proud anti-abortion record, it’s no surprise that  abortion advocates in Nevada have vocally opposedhis candidacy. And considering popular Nevada support for the right to abortion, it’s extremely telling that Laxalt refuses to “directly respond to specific questions on his stance on abortion protections or the upcoming Supreme Court decision.”

The Nevada Independent: Federal abortion protections at risk in high stakes congressional, Senate races

By: Tabitha Mueller & Sean Golonka | March 27, 2022

Key Points:

  • “The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer with a ruling that would erode federal protections for abortion rights established nearly 50 years ago, refueling the polarizing debate in many of Nevada’s most competitive races.”
  • “Though the right to abortion in Nevada is unlikely to be significantly rolled back because of protections codified in state law, the existence of high-profile anti-abortion candidates seeking federal and state office means that Nevada’s 2022 election has the potential to affect abortion access for states throughout the country, according to Alexa Solis, strategic programs manager at Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada.”  
  • “Laxalt did not directly respond to specific questions on his stance on abortion protections or the upcoming Supreme Court decision. Asked by reporters during an October campaign event about Texas’ abortion law that bans most abortions as early as six weeks, Laxalt refused to comment and has avoided stating how he would vote if the question of codifying Roe v. Wade came before the Senate.”
  • “As attorney general, Laxalt signed onto multiple legal efforts geared toward restricting abortion access and pledged to “look into” overturning Nevada’s 1990 codification of Roe v. Wade. During his run for attorney general, he also received the endorsement of anti-abortion group Nevada Right to Life.”

Read the full report here.


Published: Mar 28, 2022 | Last Modified: Apr 1, 2022

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