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Freedom of Choice Act

Nevada has created additional protections for reproductive rights by adding an affirmative right to choose into its state law.  In 1973, Nevada enacted a law affirming a woman's right to choose.  This law was amended several times and in its current form is consistent with the framework established in Roe v. Wade.  This law ensures women's access to pre-viability abortion services and would remain in effect even if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

Abortion care may be provided within 24 weeks after the commencement of a pregnancy.  Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 442.250 (Enacted 1973; Last Amended 1985).  In November 1990, Nevada voters passed a ballot initiative approving this law, and as a result the statute will remain in effect and cannot be amended, repealed, or otherwise changed except by a direct vote of the people.  Nev. Question No. 7 (Enacted by Ballot Initiative 1990); Nev. Const. art.19, § 1(3).  

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