Assembly panel considers rewrite to Nevada abortion laws

Published Wed, May 8, 2019 (4:02 p.m.)

Updated Wed, May 8, 2019 (5:53 p.m.)

CARSON CITY — A legislative panel on Wednesday heard a Nevada bill that would rewrite the state's abortion laws and remove a requirement that physicians tell a pregnant woman about the "emotional implications" of an abortion.

Bill sponsor Democratic Sen. Yvanna Cancela told the panel that the Senate-approved legislation would not prevent a physician from having a conversation about any mental health side effects, but it would not mandate that conversation under state law.

The bill would also do away with a criminal penalty for anyone who causes an abortion without the advice of a physician. It also repeals a requirement that a pregnant woman consent to an abortion without being coerced.

Republican Assemblywoman Robin Titus raised concerns over repealing a requirement that physicians "certify in writing" a pregnant woman's age.

Cancela countered that it doesn't seem necessary to have a woman disclose her age.

"Especially considering that our laws do not prevent a woman, regardless of her age, from accessing an abortion," she said.

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