Republican Nevada governor nominee opposes abortion ban: On Thursday, the Republican nominee for governor of Nevada stated that he would oppose a national abortion ban if Congress were to adopt one.
Joe Lombardo, who is normally anti-abortion, told reporters in Nevada, where he was campaigning alongside the governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, that he would support the outcome of the popular vote. This is an issue that has no place in politics.
In a 1990 referendum, Nevada voters formalized the right to abortion up to 24 weeks. In contrast to many other states, any further restrictions on abortion would require a vote of the people, not the state legislature.
This week, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina suggested a near-total ban on abortions after 15 weeks. This summer, numerous Republican contenders said that the future of abortion rights in the United States would be determined by individual states.
Lombardo, the sheriff of Clark County, has maintained for a long time that as governor he would respect the 1990 decision, despite the fact that he is Catholic and generally opposes abortion.
Nevertheless, a national abortion ban would supersede Nevada law, and it is unclear how Lombardo could oppose such a restriction.
Lombardo’s remark stood in contrast to the reluctance or support of certain Republicans for Graham’s idea. April Becker, a Republican candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, opposes abortion with the exception of rape and incest. However, she told NBC News this week that she would vote against a nationwide abortion ban, claiming that congressional regulation of abortion is unconstitutional.
Also on Thursday, the Republican nominee for governor of Further Mexico suggested a referendum that may impose new restrictions on abortion access.
As a result of the June decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, Nevada Governor Sisolak signed an executive order stating that the state will not assist other states in prosecuting residents who fly to Nevada for abortions. It also prohibits medical licensing boards and commissions from disciplining or disqualifying doctors who perform abortions.
Lombardo has maintained that he would “look at it through the prism of being a pro-life governor” after retracting his earlier statement that he would reverse the executive order.
Natalie Gould, a representative for Sisolak, issued a statement after Thursday’s rally claiming, “Joe Lombardo is lying.”
Lombardo and Youngkin spent the day hosting festivities in Las Vegas and Reno, where the Virginia governor recalled his own high-profile victory from the previous year.
Lombardo criticized the incumbent Democrat Sisolak on education, crime, and the early closure of non-essential enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed diversifying Nevada’s economy, empowering parents with more educational decision-making authority, and expanding charter schools.
Later, Youngkin said of his victory, “This was a movement.” “And this movement is now present. It is now your turn.”