On Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would not expand the refusal provision to the birth control coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act.
“This decision is grounded in sound medical science and health policy and ensures millions of women will have access to affordable birth control, including women who are employed by a religiously affiliated hospital, university or other religiously affiliated organization that serves the broader public,” the group said in a press release.
While Nevada Advocates praises this decision, it also says women’s access to vital health services is under attack in Nevada. Several initiative petitions have been filed in this election cycle that seek to change the laws in Nevada and are “anti-choice,” the group says.
One initiative was thrown off the ballot by a judge because it was ruled to be too vague; one was withdrawn; and a third was withdrawn after a judge rewrote it.
“The legal standard is clear,” said Elisa Cafferata, president and CEO of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “Anyone circulating an initiative petition has to make it clear to the voters what they are being asked to vote on. The District Court was clear: These petitions impact women’s access to most forms of birth control. With this fourth petition, they are clearly trying to get around the courts.”
Attorneys are considering all of their legal options in the case of this latest initiative petition.
NAPPA is encouraging supporters to participate in the party caucus process. The group has prepared platform planks to be considered by both Democrats and Republicans.
NAPPA is the lobbying, education and political arm for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Nevada, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which operate five health centers in the state.
For more information, visit www.NevadaAdvocates.org.