Nevada abortion law shielded

Arizona’s new abortion law defining gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization, is not likely to migrate north into Nevada.

While legislators can introduce anti-abortion bills, the state’s existing legal abortion law was approved by Nevadans in a 1990 referendum. Under Nevada’s referendum law, once the public puts its stamp of approval on a statute, it cannot be changed by the Legislature without another public vote.

In that 1990 election, 71 percent of voters supported legal abortion.