For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Carson City — Following reports that a majority of Supreme Court justices are planning to strike down Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban abortion in the coming months, NARAL Pro-Choice America Southwest Regional Director Caroline Mello Roberson released the following statement:
“The leaked Supreme Court opinion is the most ominous and alarming sign yet that our nation’s highest court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion as we know it. But let’s make one thing clear: we won’t back down in the face of these relentless attacks on our ability to determine our own destinies. The more than 8 in 10 Nevadans who support reproductive freedom will never stop fighting to make sure every person has the freedom to control their own lives, bodies, and futures—just as we did in 1990 when we overwhelmingly approved a referendum that locked protections for abortion access into state law. NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada will be activating our more than 44,000 members across the Silver State to elect reproductive freedom champions who will take bold action to safeguard abortion rights.”
This shocking and unprecedented leak follows multiple other signals that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that recognized the constitutional right to abortion. Abortion care is already almost entirely out of reach in states like Texas, where a vigilante-enforced law banning abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy has rendered Roe meaningless in the state. Additional states have already been clamoring to follow Texas’ lead before the Supreme Court announces its final opinion in the Jackson Women’s Health case, giving states like Nevada an outsized role in providing access to abortion care.
Should Roe fall, 28 states are poised to take action to prohibit abortion outright. Of those, 13 states already have “trigger bans” in place, which would ban abortion automatically if Roe is overturned. These bans and attacks on abortion access fall hardest on those most marginalized, including people of color, LGBTQ people, people with low incomes, and those in rural communities. Should Roe fall, it is predicted that there would be a 63% increase in women of reproductive age whose nearest abortion provider would be in Nevada—from 110,000 to 180,000 people.
NARAL Pro-Choice America has already begun ramping up its work to elect candidates up and down the ballot who will take bold action to safeguard and expand abortion rights. Earlier this week, NARAL Pro-Choice America announced a partnership with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and EMILY’s List to collectively spend a historic $150 million on the 2022 midterms to elect reproductive freedom champions at all levels of government.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.