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Senator Rosen appears at a "Reproductive Freedom for All" campaign event (Photo: @RosenForNevada)

Senator Rosen’s Campaign Demands NBC News Correct Amy Brown’s Abortion Story

According to Jezebel, a feminist-centric website, Brown had spoken about her abortion on at least three occasions and in “opposition to reproductive freedom.”

By Megan Barth, June 24, 2024 12:09 pm

This article has been updated to include a public statement from Kristy Wilkinson 

Senator Jacky Rosen’s (D-NV) is calling on NBC News to correct its ” demonstrably-false headline” and “misleading reporting” related to their interview with Amy Brown, wife of Rosen’s Republican challenger Captain Sam Brown. In that interview and allegedly “for the first time publicly”, Amy Brown revealed that she had had an abortion. Yet, according to Jezebel, a feminist-centric website, Brown had spoken about her abortion on at least three occasions and in “opposition to reproductive freedom.”

In light of this revelation, Rosen’s campaign released the following statement:

“This information contradicts the entire premise of Sam and Amy Brown’s political interview with NBC News. It is alarming that the Browns failed to disclose to NBC News that they in fact had shared this story multiple times before and in an entirely different context of advocating for anti-abortion policies. It is also concerning that NBC News failed to properly vet these claims.”

In a statement to Jezebel, Brown’s campaign maintains that he is pro-life with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. “Like President Trump, I believe the issue is now correctly left at the state level and applaud his leadership.”

Brown’s Communications Director Kristy Wilkinson responded on X (formerly Twitter) referring to Rosen as a “left-wing extremist” who request for correction is tantamount of “gross arrogance.”

In 1990, Nevadans passed a ballot initiative that codified abortion into state law. The law permits abortion up to 6 months (24 weeks) of pregnancy and is extended if the life of the mother is threatened.

As inflation continues its double-digit grip on Nevadans wallets, Democrats have decided that abortion, once again, will be the centerpiece of their 2024 election bids.

Nevada Democrats, led by Assemblywoman Daniel Monroe-Moreno and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, have backed the Reproductive Freedom Amendment, a ballot initiative that would enshrine abortion into the state constitution. Rosen has signed the petition and is calling on Congress to restore federal protections for abortion.

Marking the second anniversary of the U.S Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, POLITICO reports that a coalition of abortion rights groups have pledged to spend $100 million to “restore federal protections for the procedure and make it more accessible than ever before.”

“In plans shared first with POLITICO, groups including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and Reproductive Freedom for All are banding together to form Abortion Access Now — a national, 10-year campaign that will both prepare policies for the next time Democrats control the House, Senate and White House, and build support for those policies among lawmakers and the public,” the news outlet reported.

This coalition is also behind the Reproductive Freedom Amendment and has received much of the initiative’s funding and support from a group founded by Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

The overturn of Roe v. Wade does not change Nevada Law, but pro-life advocates contend that the Reproductive Freedom Amendment does in that it removes the six- month limitation and expands abortion to the moment of birth when the (undefined) health or mental health of the mother is at risk.

As Nevada is the number one state for human trafficking, the absence of parental consent for minors seeking an abortion is also in litigation. A 2015 bill that would have reinstated parental notification requirements in Nevada did not become law.

Although Nevada has a parental notification statute, the statute was enjoined as part of the Glick v McKay case decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was found unconstitutional and the injunction has remained in place.


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