Session after session, legislators have always had multiple issues to consider. Yet the Republican leadership refuses to consider extending the same protection to girls under 18 that their male counterparts enjoy – namely parental involvement in all medical procedures! For whatever reason, abortion remains a PROTECTED invasive surgery that a girl as young as 11 can consent to without a parents EVER KNOWING.
“They have more important things to do, like approve the Governor’s tax package,” is a constant refrain heard from senators, staff and powerful lobbyists in Carson.
Meanwhile, girls are asked to face – completely alone and isolated from her family – one of the greatest stressors possible, a crisis pregnancy. Secret abortions support predators, sex traffickers and coercive boyfriends – they certainly do not benefit the young girls who then must carry that secret around for the rest of their lives.
ACTION: PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING SENATORS ASAP AND ASK THEM TO RE-REFER AB405 TO HHS, GIVE IT A HEARING AND PASS IT. PROTECT TEENS AND PROTECT PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES!
Ben Kieckhefer – 775-684-1450
Greg Brower – 775-684-1419
Michael Roberson – 775-684-1481
Downloads for Action:
Half page flyer with phone numbers and emails: actionflyer
As much as Nevada Senate Republicans would like you to think it is so, AB405 is still not dead. It now languishes in the Senate Finance Committee, where chairman Ben Kieckhefer (email him by clicking on his name) has indicated that it will get NO hearing. Parents want to know:
- Where is the phantom fiscal note that caused this to go to Finance? As those who have watched the progress of this bill know, there are 5 fiscal notes attached to the bill – 4 from courts and 1 from Department of HHS. All 4 courts returned a note of $0. Department of HHS returned one for $71,548 for the reporting portion of the bill. The portion that was deleted from the final bill before assembly passage. If there is a fiscal note, why is it being hidden? Where did it come from? Click here to view the ACTUAL Fiscal Notes attached to AB405.
- Why is the safety of Nevada’s young girls not important enough to warrant a hearing?
- Are the same Senators blocking this, the same Senators rumor had it were encouraging the Assemblymembers from ever hearing the bill? Why?
- Who stands to benefit from a 12 year old getting a secret abortion?
Please call Senate Finance Republicans and ask them why AB405 isn’t worth hearing….
Ben Kieckhefer – mailto:Ben.Kieckhefer@sen.state.nv.us– 775-684-1450
Michael Roberson – mailto:Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us– 775-684-1481
Mark Lipparelli – mailto:Mark.Lipparelli@sen.state.nv.us– 775-684-1475
Pete Goicoechea – mailto:Pete.Goicoechea@sen.state.nv.us– 775-684-1447
Senators hope you have forgotten AB405. They hope that you believe the latest rounds of AP reports that declare it dead. They hope you won’t tell your friends, or call them, or visit them, or – by golly – tell them what to do!
If you want to be a part of the tsunami, download this petition, get signatures, give 4 people their own petition to gather, mail them back. Rinse and repeat.
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Monday morning, the Senate introduced AB405, parental notification for underage girls seeking an abortion.
In a surprise move, the bill was referred to the Finance Committee. The reporting portion of the bill, the only portion that was found to have fiscal consequences, had been removed on the Assembly side. Again, the phantom $2 million fiscal note is cited as the concern.
The speed with which it was introduced and referred makes me worry. It is not too early to start calling the Senators.
Here is the contact info for the Finance Committee:
First Last Email Phone# Rm.
Please contact these people and ask them nicely to protect teens, preteens & parents – not predators, politicians and profiteers.
Friday, April 17, 2015, AB405 – parental notification for underage girls seeking an abortion – cleared the first house by a vote of 24-15. This was an amazing victory given that a week before the Associated Press had declared the bill dead.
Please take a moment to thank each of the members of the Assembly who supported parents and teens:
Paul.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us, Derek.Armstrong@asm.state.nv.us, Jill.Dickman@asm.state.nv.us, Vicki.Dooling@asm.state.nv.us, Chris.Edwards@asm.state.nv.us, John.Ellison@asm.state.nv.us, Michele.Fiore@asm.state.nv.us, David.Gardner@asm.state.nv.us, John.Hambrick@asm.state.nv.us, Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us, Pat.Hickey@asm.state.nv.us, Brent.Jones@asm.state.nv.us, Randy.Kirner@asm.state.nv.us, John.Moore@asm.state.nv.us, Erven.Nelson@asm.state.nv.us, PK.Oneill@asm.state.nv.us, James.Oscarson@asm.state.nv.us, Victoria.Seaman@asm.state.nv.us, Shelly.Shelton@asm.state.nv.us, Stephen.Silberkraus@asm.state.nv.us, Lynn.Stewart@asm.state.nv.us, Robin.Titus@asm.state.nv.us, Glenn.Trowbridge@asm.state.nv.us, Jim.Wheeler@asm.state.nv.us
AB405 now goes to the Senate, where it will have a hearing before the HHS committee. To become law, it must pass out of committee then go before the full Senate. Once it passes there, the Governor must sign the bill. At that point, pre-teen and teen girls and their families will finally be protected.
On April 10, 2015, Assembly Judiciary held a hearing on AB405 – Parental Notification for underage girls seeking an abortion. Later that evening, Asm. Judiciary passed the bill with amendment removing the reporting sections of the bill. It now goes to the Assembly Floor.
To watch the hearing click below. AB405 starts at 1:32.
Ohrenschall, Diaz, Anderson and Araujo vote no.
Nelson, Fiore, Jones, Trowbridge, Gardner, O’Neill, Seaman, Hansen vote yes.
The Assembly Judiciary heard testimony today on AB405, Parental Notification. Testimony in favor included:
- History of PN in NV
- Construction of the bill
- OB-Gyn Doctor
- Crisis Pregnancy Center of Reno
- Living Grace Maternity Homes
- A family harmed by secret abortions
- A middle school educator
Once the full testimony is available online, it will be posted here.
4:43pm Working session will start soon. You can view it here: http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?event_id=4527
The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on AB405 on Friday April 10. The meeting starts at 8am and parental notification is second on the agenda putting us at around 9am. If you are near Carson City, please come to the hearing and sign in in favor of AB405. If you are in Las Vegas, if you can please take time to stop by the Grant Sawyer Building and register your support. If you want to watch online, click here: http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?event_id=4498
Although the AP reported on April 7 that AB405 – Parental Notification for Underage Girls Seeking an Abortion – would go to an interim study (dead for two years), heroic efforts led by Assemblyman Ira Hansen resurrected the bill. The Republican Assembly Caucus should be thanked for recognizing that the time has come for Nevada to protect teens, pre-teens and their parents.
On April 8, AB405 was re-referred from HHS to Judiciary.
A hearing will occur in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Friday, April 10. All bills must be voted out of committee by midnight that very same day. This is a very quick turn around and it is imperative that all parents, grandparents and citizens who see the benefit of parental involvement in abortions sought by girls under the age of 18, call, email and/or visit the legislators listed below.
ACTION –> CALL, EMAIL, VISIT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
YOUR MESSAGE: Thank you for giving AB405 a hearing. Please vote for a parent’s right to know about their underage daughter’s abortion. [As you develop your personal message, remember this is a bipartisan issue that does not cut pro-life/pro-choice. This is about parents fulfilling their parental rights and responsibilities]
Chair Ira Hansen, 775-684-8851 Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us
(Be sure to thank him for saving the bill and taking it into his committee)