Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he would ban all abortions without exception for victims of rape and incest if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade.
He added that he would convene a special session to take ‘further measures’ to ‘protect unborn babies’ as he saw fit. Roe vs. Wade an “awful decision”.
“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe in life versus conception and they are babies too,” Mr Ricketts told CNN’s Dana Bash when asked if he thinks a young girl who has been raped should carry that pregnancy to term.
“Yes Roe vs. Wadea horrific constitutional decision, is overturned by the Supreme Court, which we hope here in Nebraska will take further action to protect these unborn babies,” he insisted.
Anchor Bash asked, “Including rape or incest?”
“They’re still babies too,” Mr Ricketts replied. “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’ll have to see what the decision is before we can take any further action, but that would definitely be my intention,” the governor said.
Ahead of the politically defining midterm elections, abortion rights took center stage following a leaked draft opinion from the conservative-majority Supreme Court that signals the end of the historic decision of 1973 providing constitutional protections for abortion care.
The leaked draft notice, which suggested overriding the federal abortion law, sparked protests and demonstrations across the country.
The Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights advocates held huge rallies in nearly 400 cities and towns, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Austin, Texas. , May 14.
Protesters held up womb signs and pictures of coat hangers to symbolize the dangers to women who would be forced to resort to illegal measures to terminate a pregnancy.
Currently, 13 US states have so-called “trigger” bans in place that would effectively and immediately ban abortion once Roe V Wade is reversed.
Nebraska has no such law. Their bid to strike down exceptions for victims of rape and incest was blocked by a legislative filibuster last month, but failed by only two votes.
A wave of laws in Republican-led states have proposed eliminating abortion access in most cases and criminalizing abortion care.
Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, who recently passed laws banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and in medical emergencies, also endorsed the abortion ban.
Fox News presenter Shannon Bream asked Mr 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 is in this situation, lives in your condition, and feels like she has no other choice? »
“It’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 heart is super compassionate about it.
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