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Cortez Masto, Laxalt Campaigns Trade Abortion Accusations

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Friday, September 9, 2022   

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and her Republican challenger, former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, are accusing each other of distorting their respective positions on abortion.

This week, a group of pro-choice Latinas slammed Laxalt and his surrogates for claiming that Cortez Masto supports abortion "up until the moment of birth." They said she, in fact, supports Nevada's current law that allows the procedure up through 24 weeks.

Geoconda Hughes, an Intensive-Care Unit nurse practitioner in Las Vegas, spoke at the news conference organized by the Cortez Masto campaign.

"It is extremely frustrating when politicians spread lies," she said, "deliberately ignoring that some women's lives are at risk or when women are victims of sexual violence."

In a recent op-ed, Laxalt praised the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and said he would support restricting abortion to the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. He has called that decision a "historic victory for the sanctity of life," but said he respects Nevada voters' decision to keep abortion legal and does not support a national ban. He is endorsed by anti-abortion groups in the state.

Susie Martinez, secretary-treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO, said Laxalt is trying to have things both ways.

"If you care so much for children," she said, "how about you go visit foster homes? How about you go empty the orphanages? And just remember: stay out of my reproductive rights."

Cortez Masto supports unfettered access to contraception. As attorney general, Laxalt defended the right of a Catholic charity to refuse to cover contraception for its employees and signed an amicus brief supporting pharmacists in Washington state who did not want to dispense the so-called "morning after" pill.


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