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Full Legislature to debate LB933 which would ban all abortions in Nebraska if Roe v. Wade is overturned

by | Mar 28, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

LB933, a bill that would protect unborn babies from abortion  in Nebraska “if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, or if the U.S. Constitution or federal law is amended to give control over abortions to individual states,” passed out of committee Friday, according to Erin Bamer of the Omaha World Herald. Sen. Joni Albrecht sponsored  the Nebraska Human Life Protection Act.  It now moves to the full legislature. (Nebraska is a unicameral—one house—legislative body.)

The bill had been stuck in the Judiciary Committee  for 43 days, but the legislature voted 28-13 to pull it out by means of what is known as a “pull motion.”

Bamer reported that Sen. Albrecht said she introduced LB933 so the Legislature could avoid a special session in the event that the criteria is met before the next regular session. “This is a historical moment that calls for action,” Albrecht said. 

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan added, “We’ve got something very wrong here when we have gender parties, photos getting sent on the iPhone of your grandbabies and that we think abortions are okay, it’s not.”

State Sen. John Lowe, Kearney said, “I respect women’s rights. I respect the rights of the women on this floor, but I also respect that little baby’s life.”

Pro-life Gov. Peter Ricketts, in a column published last week, praised LB933  and vowed that he would sign the bill into law if the measure made it to his desk.

“Senators will have the historic opportunity to extend protections to every preborn girl and boy in Nebraska,” Ricketts said. “I encourage the Legislature to get LB933 to my desk this session so that Nebraska can uphold the right to life.”

Predictably, Andi Curry Grubb, executive director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska, described LB933 as “extreme” and “dangerous.”

According to the North Platte Bulletin “Albrecht  said the state is facing a ‘historic moment’ that requires action from lawmakers. More than 200,000 abortions — a number equal to approximately 10% of the state’s population — have occurred in Nebraska since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, she said.

“Pull motions should indeed be rare, but they are allowed under our rules for a purpose,” Albrecht said. “(LB 933) addresses a statewide issue with broad public support and the committee has declined to either advance or kill the bill. It has been 43 days since the bill hearing for LB 933 in the committee.”

Norfolk Sen. Michael Flood spoke in support of the motion to pull the bill from committee. Nebraska is a pro-life state, he said, and the Legislature has a significant historical investment in protecting the lives of the unborn.

“While I’m not someone who is normally fond of pull motions — this is an issue that has been tearing at the hearts of Americans since Roe v. Wade was decided,” Flood said. “This rises to the level of an issue that we must address.”

There were 2,378 abortions in 2020 in Nebraska, according  to state health data.

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