Abortion rights advocates participate in Bigger Than Roe march at Nebraska State Capitol
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The fight over abortion is getting louder here in Lincoln, as state lawmakers are once again debating a woman’s ability to choose.
At the State Capitol on Sunday, abortion rights supporters joined a national movement called Bigger Than Roe.
Marches were held across the U.S. on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide until it was overturned last summer.
National Women’s March organizer Tory Hall told said the march in Lincoln was critical because the Nebraska Legislature is currently in session.
“It’s important in Nebraska specifically because there is a bill coming into the Legislature to do a six-week abortion ban, which is ludicrous because most women don’t even know that they’re pregnant at six weeks.”
That bill is the Nebraska Heartbeat Act, introduced by Sen. Joni Albrecht, whose district includes South Sioux City.
“Under the Nebraska Heartbeat Act, before performing an abortion, a physician must perform an ultrasound to listen for a heartbeat,” said Albrecht, a Republican in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. “If a heartbeat is detected, performing an abortion is unlawful.”
But not all Republicans share the same views on abortion.
March attendee Matt Person is a Republican who believes abortion is a right that should be available to anyone.
“I think the party is being driven by a small minority, and that the majority of us really do believe in having abortion rights,” he said. “Too many people have just been afraid to speak out or just crushed under the load of trying to fit in. I think it’s time we had a good discussion about what rights are, why people have rights, what those rights should be, and I believe that abortion rights are one of them.”
State senators failed to pass a trigger bill during the last legislative session that would have outlawed abortion when the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
Gov. Jim Pillen has said he would support measures aimed at reducing abortions, including an outright ban.