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Abortion bill changing consent laws introduced in Nevada

Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 10:17:42-05

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada legislation seeks to change the state's abortion consent laws and scrap a requirement that pregnant women be told about the emotional impacts of having one.

State Sen. Yvanna Cancela introduced the legislation on Monday. She has called the state's consent laws "outdated" and says the bill will bring those statutes in line with 2019 medical standards.

The bill removes a requirement that a physician tell a woman seeking an abortion how far along she is into the pregnancy. It also removes a criminal penalty for women who self-induce an abortion without the advice of a physician.

Nevada state law requires physicians to tell women about the emotional and physical impacts of an abortion. The bill instead would require that women be told about an abortion's "discomforts and risks."