Cancela sticking with Biden despite Hyde Amendment criticisms

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State Sen. Yvanna Cancela presents her bill to decriminalize abortion to the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee May 8. (Richard Carrillo twitter photo)
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State Sen. Yvanna Cancela presents her bill to decriminalize abortion to the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee May 8. (Richard Carrillo twitter photo)

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been taking some heat for his unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion and leaves poor women on Medicaid, military personnel and government employees without coverage.

But Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela, a champion of health care rights for women, remains committed to Biden.

“I do still support Biden for president,” Cancela said in an email to the Current.

Cancela was a primary sponsor and powerful driver behind the passage of SB179, also known as “The Trust Nevada Women Act,” which repeals state laws that imposed criminal penalties on self-induced abortions and drugs that cause a miscarriage. The bill also repeals provisions that required a doctor to explain “the physical and emotional implications” of an abortion or ask a woman’s age and marital status before an abortion is performed.

The controversy over the Hyde Amendment is gaining momentum amid state efforts to turn back abortion rights and legislative efforts to eliminate the amendment.

UPDATE: Late Thursday, Biden announced that he had reversed his position and no longer supports the Hyde Amendment.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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