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Chen et al. v. Personhood Nevada and Chen et al. v. Nevada ProLife Coalition

Last Update: December 22, 2011

What's at Stake

The ACLU, The ACLU of Nevada and Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates have filed two lawsuits on behalf of a group of Nevada voters, challenging two proposed ballot initiatives that could ban vital health services by granting legal protections to fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. The lawsuits, filed against proponents of the measures and the Nevada Secretary of State, charge that the initiatives are vague and misleading.

The effect of the initiatives, if passed, could outlaw many kinds of reproductive health services including all abortion care, including treatment for miscarriage or other complications; commonly used forms of birth control, like the Pill; treatment for ectopic pregnancies; and in-vitro fertilization if passed.

If allowed to go forward, the initiatives could appear on the 2012 Nevada November ballot.

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