The Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order Tuesday to protect reproductive freedom for any person seeking access to reproductive health care in Nevada, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The order is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Other states have adopted laws that may impose civil or criminal liability on people who seek reproductive health care, and health care professionals who provide those services.
“The governor is adamant Nevada will not abandon the right to an abortion and will protect those seeking reproductive health care in this state,” the release said.
According to the release, under the executive order:
• No executive department agency or employee may provide any information or use time, money or other resources to assist another state that seeks to impose civil or criminal liability upon a person for receiving, assisting or providing reproductive health care services.
• Health care and other licensed professionals in Nevada must be protected by state boards and commissions that oversee these professionals and should not be disqualified or disciplined in Nevada based on discipline threatened or imposed under the laws of another state for services related to reproductive health care.
• The Office of the Governor will decline any request received from another state to issue a warrant for the arrest or surrender of any person charged with a criminal violation of a law of that other state if the violation alleged involves reproductive health care services.
Nevada law protects the right to abortion until 24 weeks and after 24 weeks if the pregnant person’s health is at risk and that law cannot be repealed without a direct vote by the people.
“Reproductive health care is a basic human right, and Nevada stands firm in its commitment to ensuring there is safe and equitable access for Nevadans and anyone seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state,” Sisolak said in the release. “No one should be punished for providing or receiving necessary medical care, including abortions, contraception and other reproductive health care services.”