Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, the new governor of the state, wants the legislature to pass an aboriton ban. The incoming state official wants to “save as many babies” as posible.
The Cornhusker State is a real possibiltiy to become the next state to protect babies from abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. And when it comes to what lawmakers should do in the next legislative session, Governor Pillen has an easy solution.
“That one’s really, really simple. We’re gonna save as many babies as we possibly can that are growing in moms’ wombs,” he said.
Pillen added: “I can’t be more crystal-clear. I’m gonna work tirelessly with the unicameral to stop the murder of as many babies growing in mothers’ wombs as possible in the state of Nebraska. Period.”
Last year, Nebraska lawmakers narrowly failed to pass an abortion ban, thwarted by a filibuster that requires a two-thirds majority vote to overcome. In November, however, voters elected more pro-life Republicans to the state legislature, and there are a few pro-life Democrats serving, too.
Sandy Danek, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said they hope lawmakers will increase support for pregnant and parenting mothers as well as ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
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“Whether that’s going to go, I don’t know,” Danek told the newspaper. “However we are hopeful the legislature will seriously look at support for these women in need.”
Potential pro-life bills could include a 12-week abortion limit, a total abortion ban or a heartbeat bill, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks.
Currently, Nebraska allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to 20 weeks. However, some cities have passed ordinances that ban abortions at the local level, including Wallace, Hershey, Brady, Paxton and Arnold.
Because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, 14 states now are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and eight others are fighting in court to do the same.
New research estimates up to 10,000 unborn babies already have been saved from abortion since these laws went into effect this summer, and hundreds of thousands more are expected to be saved from death in the coming years.