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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Signs Bill Banning Dismemberment of Living Unborn Babies

Aug 15, 2020 | 2020 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON—Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed Nebraska’s Legislative Bill 814, a bill that bans the dismemberment of living unborn babies.

The governor had previously called for an end to “this horrendous form of abortion.”

“We praise Governor Ricketts and thank him for his unwavering support,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “This legislation will help protect living unborn children from the brutal death of being torn apart limb by limb.”

On Thursday, the Nebraska legislature passed Legislative Bill 814 in a vote of 33-8. The bill had been introduced by state Senator Suzanne Geist.

The legislation was a top legislative priority for Nebraska Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

“Nebraska Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin made this a top priority and we thank her for her dedication and hard work in seeing that this legislation passed,” said Tobias. 

The bill bans dismembering living unborn babies. In a dismemberment abortion, an abortionist purposely tears apart a living unborn child and extracts her one piece at a time using clamps, forceps, or a similar instrument.

Nebraska joins 12 other states with bans on dismemberment abortions. These states include Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, and Indiana.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.