The amendment bans abortions after 12-weeks of pregnancy and has no exceptions for fetal anomalies
LINCOLN, Neb. — State senators are doubling down on their attacks on bodily autonomy with a last-minute amendment that would ban abortion at 12 weeks gestation.
On Monday, Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair submitted an amendment to LB 574, the bill that bans gender-affirming care to minors. The abortion ban amendment would penalize doctors performing abortion after 12 weeks and doesn’t allow exceptions for fetal anomalies.
Current state law bans abortion after 20 weeks. Two weeks ago, a bill that banned almost all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy was defeated by one vote. In order to push their own extremist agenda, state senators behind this latest abortion ban have ignored the legislative process, with the 12-week ban not even having a committee hearing.
Statement from Andi Curry Grubb, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska:
“Politicians should not be deciding who can get an abortion, when, or why - ever. The decision to get an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to patients and their doctors. Every Nebraskan deserves the freedom to control their bodies and their futures, and that includes the freedom to access life-affirming gender care.
Nebraskans just beat an abortion ban two weeks ago, and we’re already back at it again. We’ve beaten five abortion bans in the last year, and Nebraskans are ready to defeat another one. Whether it be a ban on gender affirming care, or a ban on abortion, the goal is to take away people’s power over their lives and their futures. And we won’t let it happen.”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska Action Fund, formerly PP Voters of Nebraska, is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPNCS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.