Nebraskans weigh in on abortion laws in Texas
What representatives on both sides want for Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- On Friday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Texas abortion ban which makes abortion illegal in Texas after 6 weeks of pregnancy, but is still allowing clinics to sue the state.
Even though this is happening in Texas, Nebraska Senators are watching and waiting to see what changes, if any, can be made here in our state.
“I think it’s good news. We are saving many many lives,” said Senator Joni Albrecht District 17.
“I think it’s heartbreaking. The Supreme Court is there to protect our constitutional rights and they showed today that they are unwilling to do that,” said Andi Curry Grubb State Executive Director – NE, Planned Parenthood North Central States, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska.
At this moment there are no new bills that would challenge the current abortion laws in Nebraska.
“I think that is why you want to take a look at what’s happening in other states because obviously we probably want to line up with what they are doing for the state of Nebraska, but we just need to wait and see,” said Senator Albrecht.
“This opens the door for other states to try and do the same thing, which is just terrifying,” said Grubb.
Regardless of where you stand on this topic, you are encouraged to reach out to the senator representing your district and voice your opinion.
“It’s really important to contact your Senator about any bill that is going on around the country. It’s just as important to us that we know the hearts of people and what’s most on their minds,” said Senator Albrecht.
Right now abortions can happen in the state of Nebraska up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“Abortion is still legal in the state of Nebraska. None of these rulings, none of these things change that. Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortions in this state, and we will do everything we need to protect that right and even expanding that right where we can,” said Grubb.
“If it is the will of the people to have a heartbeat bill. I’m sure we certainly will,” said Senator Albrecht.
The next legislative session in Nebraska begins on January 5th.
Statement from Gov. Ricketts:
“Texas and Mississippi have passed important laws to strengthen protections of preborn babies. As the Supreme Court reviews challenges to them, it has a historic opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022. By doing so, the Court would reaffirm the constitutional authority of states to regulate abortion and remove legal concerns of pro-life policies being overridden by the federal government.”