Statewide abortion battle officially underway, petitions to hit streets soon
A move to markedly loosen Nebraska’s 12-week ban on abortions is officially underway.
The abortion rights group, Protect Our Rights, says petitions aimed at changing the Nebraska Constitution, will hit streets across the state beginning next week.
At the same time pro-life groups call the move extreme and dangerous.
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Abby Waller, Omaha: “I'm a mom. I'm a person of faith. And I’m a woman that needed an abortion.”
And that marks the start of a statewide petition drive, which comes on the heels of a successful abortion rights push and vote in Ohio.
The Nebraska moves aimed at making abortion legal in Nebraska “until fetal viability” roughly 24 weeks, upending Nebraska’s 12-week ban.
State Sen. Joni Albrecht, (R): “Abortions stop a beating heart.”
Leading pro-life lawmaker State Sen. Joni Albrecht calls the new plan extreme and insists it would "allow minors to obtain abortions without parental notification.”
Andi Curry Grubb, Planned Parenthood: “It does nothing to change parental consent laws.”
Gov.Jim Pillen says, “This flawed initiative would radically expand abortion in Nebraska…a 39-week-old pre-born baby can be aborted.
Dr. Mary Kinyoun, OB-GYN: “This inflammatory rhetoric around abortion up until 39 weeks, it’s just not something that happens medically. It doesn’t happen here in Nebraska and it doesn’t happen in the United States.”
Gov. Jim Pillen (R): “I am fighting for the rights of every baby with a beating heart.”
Abby Waller: “At 13 weeks I found out that my baby girl, Ava was not viable. I wouldn’t have been able to receive the care I needed under the current Nebraska 12-week ban and of course I wouldn’t have been able to get the care under the total ban that Governor Pillen wants.”
The fight is now underway, petitioners need 123,000 valid signatures by July 3rd in order to place the issue, an amendment to the Nebraska Constitution, on next November’s ballot.