After fall of Roe, Nebraska Dems urge activism, collect donations for women’s shelters
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Hundreds of people, many of whom drove from all over the state, gathered Friday evening to show their support for abortion rights in Nebraska and beyond.
“I’m afraid that there will be a lot of people who are negatively impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision here in Nebraska, but in other states even more so,” local activist Cole Bauer said. “I know it wasn’t much, but I wanted to donate as a sign of support.”
The Nebraska Democratic Party hosted the drive-thru event in Lincoln.
“When we heard the decision this morning, it is so easy to feel sad and depressed and of course angry, but we wanted to make sure that people had an outlet for action,” said Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. “We find when people do action, it brings a lot of hope as you’re able to talk with fellow Democrats, independents and Republicans who also agree with us that women should have access to abortion.”
People were encouraged to drop off diapers, feminine hygiene products or monetary donations, which will then be donated to women’s shelters in Lincoln.
“The Nebraska Democrats wanted to make sure that, yes, people were getting their voice heard at the rally, but that they were also able to get yard signs, vote by mail applications, and then drop off donations for women and children,” Kleeb said.
Since there is no trigger bill in place in Nebraska, women can still receive an abortion in the state.
The party called the event “Block the Ban at the Ballot Box,” encouraging people to vote in the upcoming elections.
“You can block the ban at the ballot box, which is critical for voting,” Kleeb said.
The Nebraska Democratic Party is planning on holding more “Block the Ban at the Ballot Box” events from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at 9110 W. Dodge Road in Omaha and 3324 2nd Ave. in Kearney.