The Nevada Attorney General’s office has taken the lead on an amicus brief filed by 20 states arguing that availability of abortion providers in a neighboring state does not allow a state to eliminate abortion providers.
The brief is in response to a Kentucky law that was struck down last year but has been appealed to U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief asks the Sixth Circuit to uphold the lower court’s ruling.
The Kentucky law would effectively eliminate the only abortion provider in the state. Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and 19 other attorneys general argue the law is unconstitutional. And answering an argument that Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and supporters of the law have made in defending the law, the attorneys general argue that allowing a state to rely on neighboring states for reproductive healthcare services does not allow the state to limit abortion providers.
“Today’s brief impacts states like Nevada because neighboring states could use our status as a state that allows reproductive healthcare services to restrict a woman’s constitutional right to these services in her own state,” Ford said in a statement.
Attorneys in Ford’s office prepared the brief. Also joining the brief are California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.