Susie Lee Spells Out Danger to Abortion Rights in Nevada as Congressional Republicans Introduce Nationwide Abortion Ban
September 13, 2022
LAS VEGAS — Today, Susie Lee for Congress released the following statement after both Senate and House Republicans moved to introduce national abortion ban legislation that they will pursue if they take control of Congress:
“Republicans are following through on their ultimate goal, which we have known about for decades—to ban abortion nationwide and strip away the right to choose from millions of women across the country,” said campaign spokesperson Stephanie Justice. “The right to choose in Nevada is in grave danger. Nevadans cannot afford to have April Becker represent them in Congress as she will assist Republicans in enacting their radical, pro-life agenda. Southern Nevadans must get out to the ballot box in November and make it clear that they will not allow Republicans to further trample on our most fundamental freedoms.”
Susie Lee’s opponent, April Becker, accepted the endorsement of National Right to Life and its Nevada affiliate, Nevada Right to Life, which applauded the fall of Roe v. Wade as “a necessary step to allow the process of ridding our nation of abortion to advance.” Becker has also been endorsed by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, which supports the Senate’s nationwide abortion ban legislation. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who endorsed Becker earlier this year, is set to introduce similar legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives.
As one of the most competitive races in the country, Susie Lee’s race will help decide control of Congress and the fate of reproductive rights across the United States. Lee voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify Roe v. Wade into law and protect abortion providers.
Last week, Susie Lee hosted a roundtable with Governor Steve Sisolak and legal experts to call attention to the devastating consequences of a nationwide abortion ban on the state of Nevada and the extremism of their pro-life opponents. The legal experts emphasized that a national ban would ultimately supersede Nevada’s existing laws protecting abortion access.
Listen to the full discussion here and read highlights from the discussion below:
Camalot Todd | 9.9.22
In post-Roe v. Wade America, states and the federal government are left to navigate the legal ramifications of the Supreme Court overturning a 50-year legal precedent. As reproductive health centers, medical professionals, and legislatures that support abortion rights cope with the uncertainty, Republicans and motivated anti-abortion rights activists are pushing for a national ban.
The panel Thursday warned a national ban would trump state laws and stressed the importance of voting in this year’s midterm elections.
“This would ultimately overturn the will of the people of Nevada,” Lee said.
“The anti-abortion folks made a very calculated decision to, at every level of the court, get conservative judges appointed,” Lindsey Harmon, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada, said. “A lot of folks may have taken for granted Roe v. Wade, so now we have to push both at the state level and the federal level for champions to take action.”
Harmon said the best way to take action is to vote for candidates with a track record of supporting abortion access.
Both Sisolak and Lee are up for re-election. Democratic candidates in Nevada and nationwide believe the Supreme Court’s ruling has energized many Democratic voters.
April Becker, the Republican challenging Lee, describes herself as “pro-life, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.”