Sisolak signs executive order protecting out-of-state patients

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday signed an executive order guaranteeing more protections for out-of-state patients traveling to Nevada for abortions and the health care providers who perform them.

The move comes days after Sisolak reaffirmed his commitment to protecting abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, which ended federal protections for abortion and gave the power to regulate them to the states.

Under the governor’s order, no Nevada agency can provide information or use resources to help outside authorities investigate people for receiving or performing abortions in the state.

“Reproductive health care is a basic human right,” Sisolak wrote in a statement accompanying the order. “We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortion for women seeking refuge from restrictive state laws.”

The annulment of Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half the states nationwide. Nevada expects to see an influx of patients from neighboring states like Arizona, Idaho and Utah that are poised to further restrict abortions or outright ban them.

As of Friday, nearly every abortion clinic in Arizona, including every family planning site in the state, had stopped offering abortions.

The governor’s order will also protect health care providers from disciplinary action by state medical boards for providing reproductive health care services like abortion. The governor’s office will also deny arrest warrants from other states for people who access abortion services in Nevada.

“No one should be punished for receiving or providing necessary medical care, including abortions, contraception and other reproductive health care services,” Sisolak wrote Tuesday. “While other states impose penalties for these services, (Nevada) is committed to protecting those who travel here for their health.”

Nevada law

Nevada allows abortions up to 24 weeks, with exceptions for later in pregnancy if the mother’s health is at risk, a right that was codified in state law more than three decades ago.

But a federal abortion ban would supersede Nevada law, and Sisolak said Friday that other restrictive abortion policies such as mandatory waiting periods or mandatory counseling could still be implemented in the state. ‘State.

“It’s just something we vehemently oppose, and we’ll do everything we can to fight for women’s rights along the way,” Sisolak said last week.

On Tuesday, Sisolak, who is running for re-election in November, reiterated Nevadans’ right to abortion.

“The right to abortion is codified in Nevada law – and as long as I serve as Governor, we will continue to work hard to protect this right and expand safe and equitable access to reproductive health care,” he said. he declares.

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