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Senator Carrie A. Buck (R - District 5) (Photo: Nevada State Senate)

Senator Carrie Buck Votes With Dems On Abortion Bill

NV GOP responds: ‘We hope she will choose to stop enabling sex traffickers who exploit victims, and vote no on this horrific bill on the floor’

By Megan Barth, April 5, 2023 3:41 pm

Battle Born Progress, a far-left organization, cheered Republican State Senator Carrie Buck’s (SD-5) vote in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Senate Bill 131, a bill that which specifically eliminates the ability of any healthcare licensing board to investigate or disqualify unsafe abortionists from practicing in Nevada.

The bill would also codify former Governor Sisolak’s Executive Order who had announced at the time that “reproductive health care is a basic human right — We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortions for women seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state.”

This bill was the first to be filed by Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, taking to Twitter to promote this legislation as a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Roe V. Wade, adding that “women and health care providers will no longer fear imprisonment or criminalization for seeking or performing an abortion in Nevada” if they were traveling from a state that had legislatively limited or banned abortions.

In an interview last month, Governor Lombardo signaled that he would sign the bill “in its current form.”

During his gubernatorial campaign, Lombardo issued an open letter on abortion and detailed his position on Sisolak’s executive order, referring to it as “political theater.”

Months ago, I said I would evaluate repealing an executive order that I believed at the time and continue to believe was nothing more than political theater. Steve Sisolak is addicted to executive orders both to protect his power and score political points. I simply do not believe executive orders are meant to be permanent or should be used as a campaign tactic.

However, because there are efforts in other states that could impact Nevadans, I have made a commitment not to repeal that executive order until the legislature can make clear that Nevada is not going to prosecute women who seek an abortion or medical providers that perform legal abortions.

I am not running for Governor of California or Alabama; I cannot control what other states do, but I can continue to make it clear that we are not going to prosecute women for having an abortion in Nevada. Period.

The Nevada GOP issued the following statement in response to Sen. Buck’s vote:

The Nevada Republican Party affirms the sanctity of innocent life, an unborn child has a fundamental right to life and should be welcomed into life and protected by law. We are opposed to SB131 as it seeks to not only end innocent lives but also seeks to protect those individuals that would use Nevada as a safe haven for abortions, abortionists and possible child traffickers by removing the safeguards of parental consent. It is with severe disappointment that Senator Carrie Buck would join her Democrat colleagues in their support of SB131. We hope she will choose to stop enabling sex traffickers who exploit victims, and vote no on this horrific bill on the floor.

The bill will now proceed to the chamber floor and is expected to pass due to the Democratic majority with Sen. Buck reserving the right to vote “no” in the chamber.

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