Gov. Ricketts signs pro-life bill at a Capitol ceremony
People for and against a pro-life bill watched Governor Pete Ricketts sign it Saturday morning on the steps of the Capitol.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) -People for and against a pro-life bill watched Governor Pete Ricketts sign it Saturday morning on the steps of the Capitol.
“Today is truly a historic day for the pro-life Nebraska,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts.
LB 814 was signed into law, banning dismemberment abortions in Nebraska.
As the ceremony filled the steps with pro-lifers, protesters could be heard shouting in disagreement.
“When we regulate women we’re treating them as not full human beings and not as people and if that’s the case lets regulate men too,” said Trish, a protester.
A supporter shares why she attended the signing.
“I’m very joyful and very grateful for the work that they’ve put into getting it,” said Sister Regina Johnson. “I know it was not an easy road for them.”
After being debated day after day in the legislature, Senator Suzanne Geist says to it was a tight call and urges voters to research.
“Research if that person that you’re supporting is pro-life,” said Geist. “Because it would have been one, it would have taken one vote, and this would not happen.”
“Anyone who has a pregnancy, the choice of what they do is in between them and their healthcare providers,” said Janelle, another protester.
A previous abortion counselor shared why she quit and supports LB 814.
“I watched on ultrasound, a preborn baby boy experience pain, attempt to fight for his life, and ultimately lose,” said Kristen New. “It was absolutely horrific, this procedure has no place in a civilized society.”
Ricketts’s only response to the protesters was this statement.
“Please work to continue to change the hearts of and minds of those who oppose us,” said Ricketts.
Protesters told Channel 8 that they will continue to speak out against this law and people for the bill say they will continue to vote for those who support it.