LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada healthcare advocates rallied in downtown Las Vegas at the federal courthouse to call on federal lawmakers and the Biden-Harris administration to protect the right to obtain an abortion.
The action came after a leaked draft opinion signed by five Supreme Court Justices was released publicly Monday night, detailing a decision in an upcoming case that overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, two landmark reproductive rights Supreme Court rulings.
Alisa Fast, was one of many Las Vegas locals who came out to Tuesday’s, “Bans off my body” rally held in front of the federal courthouse downtown.
“Stop trying to tell women what we can do with our bodies,” Fast expressed during the rally.
Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada hosted the peaceful protest and says this will be one of many if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Victoria Ruiz is part of the organization and expressed her feelings on the issue.
“It’s outrageous what is happening now that the precedent that was set Under the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade is not being respected so today is about being in solidarity and as a community hearing from folks who will be directly impacted by this decision,” Rioz said.
Several state leaders in attendance, including Steven Horsford Nevada Congressman, who shared that this potential move by the Supreme Court would destroy decades of progress for reproductive rights among other things.
“They talk about freedom in so many other ways but when it comes to someone making decisions about healthcare and abortion and choice, now suddenly they think the government should decide,” Horsford said.
Dina Titus Nevada Congresswoman was also in attendance at Tuesday’s protest, and described the strain it could put on the medical field in Nevada.
“Other states that are poised to make abortion illegal there are 28 of them about to do that those people are going to look for someplace to go and they could come to Nevada,” she said. “We don’t have enough doctors as it is so it will put a strain on the services we can offer.”