Ford leads multi-state brief against Kentucky anti-abortion law

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Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford (AG office photo)
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Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford (AG office photo)

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.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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