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Vice President Kamala Harris promotes Nevada’s abortion rights ballot measure during campaign stop

During a campaign stop in Las Vegas on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris will work to secure Nevada’s ballot measure access to abortion in the state constitution.

The Biden-Harris campaign will help collect signatures for the ballot initiative, a Biden-Harris campaign official told CBS News. In Nevada, the initiative is led by the political action committee Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom. If enough signatures are collected, Nevadans could vote in the general election on enshrining abortion access for up to 24 weeks in the state’s constitution.

According to the campaign official, Vice President Harris will encourage Nevada voters to support the efforts because they are “an important step to protect against extremist state lawmakers who might try to pass another law.”Trump’s abortion ban‘ in the future.'”

In early April, Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom announced that more than 110,000 signatures had been collected before the June 26 qualification deadline. To vote in 2024, 102,362 signatures must be submitted. Of those, 25,591 must come from each of Nevada’s four congressional districts.

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about reproductive freedom in Tucson, Arizona on April 12, 2024.

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The political group says it is actively collecting signatures from all districts.

“With more than 110,000 signatures collected in less than six weeks, this is a true testament to Nevadans recognizing the importance of codifying reproductive freedom in our state Constitution,” said President Lindsey Harmon.

Harris’ trip to Nevada marks her second campaign stop focused on abortion rights in 2024, as abortion remains a mobilizing issue for Democrats. It also comes on the heels of the vice president’s trip to Arizona on Friday after the state Supreme Court upheld an 1864 law that severely restricted abortions.

“Former President Donald Trump did this,” Harris told her audience in Tucson. “Donald Trump is the architect of this health care crisis.”

In Nevada, Harris is expected to again blame Trump for the abortion ban and warn voters that a second Trump term would endanger women’s reproductive freedoms. According to Harris, if Trump is elected for a second term, he would sign a national abortion ban.

Harris will argue her re-election case in Nevada, together with Senator Eva Burch of the state of Arizona.

Also on Monday, Amanda Zurawski of Texas and Kaitlyn Joshua of Louisiana will appear at an event in Wisconsin for the Biden-Harris campaign. Both women will share their personal stories of how their lives were affected by the restrictive abortion laws in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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