Last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 10:44 am
In a surprising move, Republican governor Steve Lombardo of Nevada has signed into law a pro-abortion bill, thus becoming the third Republican governor to take this step. The legislation allows women to have abortions for any reason, up until the point of viability. It also prevents health care licensing boards from disqualifying a person for violating an abortion law in another state if it is legal in Nevada.
This decision comes just months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, reopening the debate around abortion in the country. Lombardo had campaigned as a “Catholic and pro-life” governor and was endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee. His decision to approve the bill has caused a stir among his supporters.
Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, the state Supreme Court has struck down two abortion laws that were deemed unconstitutional. One of the laws banned all abortions except in cases of medical emergency, while the other banned all abortions after a heartbeat was detected, with exceptions for medical emergency and reporting of rape or incest to law enforcement. Both laws would have allowed civil lawsuits against abortionists.
With these developments, the future of protection of the right to life in the United States remains uncertain. While some states are moving towards greater protection of this fundamental human right, others are seeking to restrict it by promoting pro-abortion agenda and laws. It remains to be seen which direction the country will take in the months and years to come.
As the United States navigates what seems to be a bitterly contested debate over right to life, the decisions taken by Governor Lombardo and the Oklahoma state Supreme Court add more fuel to the fire. With tensions already high, it remains to be seen how these decisions will impact the future of the abortion debate in the country.