In case you missed it, a Sunday report from USA Today highlighted the critical role that abortion rights are set to play in Nevada’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has a strong record of standing up for abortion rights, and her potential GOP opponent Adam Laxalt is a longtime anti-abortion hardliner who has repeatedly proven himself to be out-of-step with Nevadans on this critical issue.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Nevada is one of the nine states where abortion will remain legal because of the protections codified in the state’s constitution — where it’s been a guaranteed right for more than 30 years. But, as USA Today notes in its reporting, Laxalt has previously said, “we’re going to look into” reversing the Silver State’s 1990 referendum that passed with 63 percent support. And unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iceberg where Laxalt’s anti-abortion record is concerned.
If Republican primary voters pick Laxalt as their nominee, Nevada voters — 69 percent of who identify as “pro-choice” — will have a clear choice this November on the issue of abortion rights. While Laxalt has cravenly “declined to speculate” how he would vote on codifying Roe v. Wade in the U.S. Senate, his anti-abortion record is clear. Just take it from the anti-abortion group Nevada Right to Life, which is supporting his candidacy: “All you have to do is Google Laxalt-pro-life. And he’s never backed away from it.”
Speaking to USA Today, American Bridge 21st Century Co-Chair Cecile Richards underscored the critical role that abortion rights will play in the midterm elections, including in Nevada Senate race:
“I absolutely believe that the renewed focus and really the extreme position that the Republican Party is taking – essentially making abortion illegal, making it the role of the government to decide about pregnancy – is so unpopular that it will be a motivating issue for millions of voters next fall,” said Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood and current co-chair of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.
And you can be sure that we’re going to keep the focus on Laxalt’s support for extreme restrictions on abortion access — no matter how hard he tries to downplay his long record and deeply-unpopular record on this issue.
Read the full USA Today report here.