VP Kamala Harris underlines commitment to reproductive rights at UNR
Hundreds braved the blustering winds and cold of a late winter storm to see Vice President Kamala Harris speak at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Tuesday. Harris underlined the Biden Administration's commitment to protecting reproductive rights.
Harris' trip comes as states across the country, including Idaho, Utah and Arizona, take steps to limit access to abortions.
At the same time, a federal judge has called into question the availability of the abortion pill mifepristone after ruling the drug should not have received initial approval.
In a moderated discussion with Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and actress Rosario Dawson, Harris told attendees Nevada is a leader in protecting access to reproductive care.
"Please lead in this movement and build up the energy and the momentum to stand for our democracy and our foundational principles, and the right of people to make decisions about their own lives and not their government," she said.
Nevada is one of 17 states with protections for abortion written into state law.
Nevada lawmakers are considering a resolution that would add protections for all levels of reproductive care into the constitution.