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Nevada lawmakers get first look at proposed abortion protection amendment

Nicole Cannizzaro in Carson City on March 23, 2023.
Paul Boger
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KNPR
Nicole Cannizzaro in Carson City on March 23, 2023.

Nevada lawmakers got their first look at a proposed amendment that would add abortion protections to the state constitution.

The resolution's sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), presented SJR7 to the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on Thursday.

The proposed amendment would prohibit the state from acting against a person for accessing or providing any level of reproductive care, including abortions.

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Speaking at an event supporting the resolution, Cannizzaro said voters should have the final say on reproductive rights.

"We have to ensure that that fundamental right is enshrined in Nevada law and that we affirmatively say and allow the voters to make their voices heard at the ballot box. The right to reproductive health care, and to make those decisions, is a fundamental one for all Nevadans," she said.

If passed, lawmakers must approve the proposed amendment again during the 2025 session before it would go to the 2026 ballot.

Polling published by the reproductive rights groups Planned Parenthood and NARAL suggests that as many as 60% of Nevadans support an amendment protecting abortion rights.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.
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