Assembly panel considers rewrite to Nevada abortion laws

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Anti-abortion protestors rally outside of the Georgia State Capitol building following the signing of HB 481, in Atlanta, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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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