By Sam Baker - 10/14/11 03:43 PM EDT
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday to block ballot initiatives in Nevada that would limit access to abortion and other services.
The ballot initiatives state generally that they would protect the rights of all people, including unborn children. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU say the measures would cut off women's access to abortion as well as a host of other services to which women have a legal right.
The groups said the vaguely worded ballot initiatives, if passed, could deny women access to birth control, as well as standard treatment for miscarriages and in vitro fertilization.
“The initiatives are designed to undermine a woman’s access to basic health services,” Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel of the ACLU of Nevada, said in a statement. “What’s more, they also violate the basic requirement of the initiative process — not to mislead the voter. The initiatives are so confusing that voters may not realize they are being asked to ban vital health services."