Nevada GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Dean Heller Backs Abortion Restrictions: ‘I Like What Texas Did’

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The former senator once said he supports abortion rights, calling it a “conservative position.”

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Former GOP Sen. Dean Heller joined the Nevada gubernatorial race on Monday, telling reporters that if elected, he would fully support a Texas-style ban on abortion.

i like what texas didAccording to The Nevada Independent, Heller said.


Texas’ Senate Bill 8 Bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, making it the country’s strictest anti-abortion law. Many women don’t even know they are pregnant at six weeks, meaning the law effectively bans abortion altogether.

State Deputation and Incentives To sue persons involved in private citizens “Aiding or abetting” abortion. It could be a doctor, a friend or even the driver who dropped the pregnant person at the clinic.

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light what Appointed to the US Senate in 2011 and lost his seat in the 2018 election, simultaneously facing criticism From his party’s right-wing base and from Democrats who said he was too conservative for the state that Hillary Clinton went for in 2016.

Heller’s comments on Monday, the first day of his gubernatorial campaign, indicated that he plans to try to win over conservatives who were skeptical of him, as he will next year’s Governor Steve Sisolak (D). compete for the nomination of your party. Heller himself”The only proven conservative in this race,” and came out against the mask and vaccine mandate aimed at fighting the coronavirus, as well as Democratic-led voting rights measures.

However, his abortion stance could be problematic in the general election. As the Nevada Independent notes, polls consistently show that voters in the state support abortion rights.

Heller’s comments differ remarkably from the state of the abortion she once held. In 2006, he said: “I’m a Mormon and I teach Sunday school every week, but I do women’s right to choose abortion. It’s a conservative position.”

But as a senator from 2011 to 2019, he continued voted against abortion rights.

In 2017, Heller “came under conservative fire for swearing”.Protect Planned Parenthood“and saying they “had no problem with federal funding for Planned Parenthood.” His office later clarified his comments, saying the senator liked the non-abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides.

Abortion rights are becoming a major issue in the upcoming election cycles, as are other States have started gearing up For a possible reversal of Roe v. Wade and consider taking the Texas copycat bill.


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