News Politics: The incumbent Democratic governor of Nevada addressed a crowd of several dozen people on Friday and said that this is “hands down” the most important election of his or her life against a checkerboard backdrop of placards reading “Defend Choice” and “Women for Sisolak.” Why? Because “governors are the last line of defence for abortion access” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision this summer. An impassioned Sisolak declared during a rally inside the Evelyn Mount community centre in Reno, “If we get Joe Lombardo, we get steps backwards.” That is what we receive. We won’t be able to move forward in this way anymore.
Abortion in the Silver State up to 24 weeks of pregnancy has been protected by state law for more than 30 years and could only be overturned by a direct majority vote from the people. So even though abortion access in Nevada was not affected by the court’s ruling, Sisolak and affiliated Democratic groups have in recent weeks continually hammered Lombardo on abortion, siezing on the Republican candidate’s often unclear answers to media outlets and debate moderators.
The adverse midterm headwinds of President Joe Biden’s unpopularity and growing inflation for Sisolak and other state Democrats, however,
Sisolak — who signed bills decriminalizing abortion and expanding access to family planning during his first term — moved quickly after Dobbs to issue an executive order protecting access for out-of-state abortion seekers, which included preventing state agencies from helping other states with gathering information or assisting with the prosecution of someone who traveled to Nevada for an abortion or other reproductive health care services.
Riley Sutton, who serves as the executive director of the New Day Nevada PAC, said voters have picked up on Lombardo’s ambiguity in answering abortion or reproductive care questions. He described Lombardo’s promise to look at issues through a “pro-life lens” as code language for later pushing anti-abortion policies.
“People have woken up to the fact that means that they are anti-abortion, anti-women’s rights, and will legislate that way and will push those issues,” he said. Sutton said New Day Nevada’s advertising expenditures are part of “a multimillion dollar effort to ensure that anti-choice politicians do not get elected in Nevada,” and called the $600,000 reported raised by the PAC on the July 15 reporting deadline a “down payment, not anywhere near the full extent of what our activities will be.” Nationally, Planned Parenthood Votes has named Nevada as one of its target states for a planned $50 million midterm spending campaign.