Women's Rights and Health Advocates to Ask NV Supreme Court TOMORROW to Uphold Decision Blocking Proposed Initiative Endangering Private Health Care Decisions

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Lee Rowland, ACLU of Nevada (Reno), (775) 786-1033; rowland@aclunv.org
Maggie McLetchie, ACLU of Nevada (Las Vegas), (702) 366-1902; mcletchie@aclunv.org
Elisa Maser, Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, (775) 762-6141; emaser@nevadaadvocates.org
Robyn Shepherd, ACLU National, (212) 519-7829 or 549-2666; media@aclu.org
Christie Petrone, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, (212) 261-4433; christie.petrone@ppfa.org

Women's Rights and Health Advocates to Ask NV Supreme Court TOMORROW to Uphold Decision Blocking Proposed Initiative Endangering Private Health Care Decisions

Initiative Seeks to Ban Reproductive Health Services

LAS VEGAS - Tomorrow,
April 6, women's rights and health advocates will ask the Nevada
Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that prevents the
"Personhood Nevada" petition, an initiative that seeks to ban a range of
reproductive health services in the state, from being placed on the
ballot. Lee Rowland of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada will
be arguing before the court.

On January 8, Judge Russell of the
First Judicial District declared the initiative invalid, finding that
the petition was vague and misleading.

Three plaintiffs - an individual
woman, a pharmacist and an obstetrician-gynecologist - challenged the
petition on November 12. The plaintiffs argued that the initiative
proposes far-reaching changes to the Nevada Constitution and laws by
attempting to define a person to include a fertilized egg, is misleading
and fails to give voters a clear explanation of the changes it proposes
and its intended purposes and effects. The petition seeks to ban all
abortions and commonly-used forms of birth control, and could interfere
with the ability of doctors to treat life-threatening pregnancies and
infertility.

Lawyers on the case include John
Griffin, Jason D. Woodbury and Severin A. Carlson of Kaempfer Crowell
Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino in Carson City; Lee Rowland and Maggie
McLetchie of the ACLU of Nevada; Mimi Liu of Planned Parenthood
Federation of America; and Diana Kasdan and Jennifer Dalven of the ACLU
Reproductive Freedom Project.

The women's rights and health
advocates' brief is available at: www.aclu.org/files/assets/Respondents__Answering_Brief_201003262.pdf

WHAT:   

Argument in Personhood Nevada v. Bristol, No 55429, a case reviewing
the legality of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at interfering with
private health care decisions.

WHEN:   
TOMORROW,
April 6, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. PST

WHERE:   

Nevada Supreme Court
Regional Justice Center
Courtroom - 17th Floor
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

WHO:
Lee
Rowland, staff attorney with the ACLU of Nevada, will argue on
behalf of Emmily Bristol, Dr. Mindy Hsu and Dr. William Ramos.

Rowland, Elisa Maser, CEO and President of Nevada Advocates of
Planned Parenthood Affiliates, and others will be available for comment
immediately following the argument.

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