Nebraska Republican Governor Pete Ricketts has said he would ban all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest survivors, if the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade.
He added that he will convene a special session to take “further measures” to “protect unborn babies,” he said. Roe vs. Wade a “horrible decision”.
“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe in life versus conceptions and those are babies too,” Ricketts told CNN’s Dana Bash when asked if she believed a girl who was raped should carry that pregnancy to term.
“Yes Roe vs. Wadea horrible constitutional decision, is overturned by the Supreme Court, and we are hopeful that here in Nebraska, we will take additional steps to protect those unborn babies.”
Anchor Bash asked, “Even in the case of rape or incest?”
“They’re still babies, too,” replied Mr. Ricketts. “Yes, they are still babies.”
He said he intended to work with the speaker of the legislature to have a special session and do more to protect unborn babies. “We will have to see what the decision is before we can take further action, but that would certainly be my intention,” the governor said.
Ahead of the politically defining midterm elections, abortion rights have taken center stage following the leak of a conservative-majority Supreme Court draft opinion marking the end of the landmark 1973 decision providing constitutional protections for abortion care. of abortion.
The leaked draft opinion, which suggested overturning the federal right to abortion, has sparked protests and demonstrations across the country.
The Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights advocates held mass rallies in nearly 400 cities and towns, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Austin, Texas. , on May 14.
Protesters carried posters of wombs and images of coat hangers to symbolize the dangers for women who would be forced to resort to illegal measures to terminate pregnancies.
Currently, 13 US states have so-called “trigger” bans that would effectively and immediately ban abortion once roe v wade it’s upside down
Nebraska has no such law. His bid to overturn exceptions for rape and incest survivors was blocked by a legislative filibuster last month, but failed by just two votes.
A wave of legislation in Republican-led states has proposed eliminating access to abortion in most cases and criminalizing abortion care.
Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, who recently passed legislation to ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and in medical emergencies, has also backed an abortion ban.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream asked Stitt: “The argument is that a victim may not know at six weeks that she is pregnant. So what do you say to a woman who finds herself in that situation, she lives in your state and she feels like she has no choice?
“That’s a human being inside the womb,” he replied. “And we are going to do everything we can to protect life and love both mother and child. And we also don’t think killing one to protect the other is the right thing to do. And our hearts are super compassionate for that.”