Letter from Sen. Hilgers Shows Politicians Do Not Have Enough Votes to Convene a Special Session, Pass Abortion Ban
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—Today, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he will not be calling a special session focused on new abortion restrictions given a new letter that shows anti-abortion state senators do not have the votes they need to overcome a filibuster. Senator Hilgers released a letter showing support from thirty senators to ban abortion in Nebraska, three senators short of the amount needed to call a special session and to pass an abortion ban. Nebraska has enough senators to filibuster an abortion ban, keeping abortion safe and legal for now.
Statement from Andi Curry Grubb, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska:
“Nebraskans value reproductive freedom and reproductive rights,” said Andi Curry Grubb, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska. “Nebraskans, not politicians, should control their own bodies and futures. Senator Hilgers’ political stunt today gives every Nebraskan a list of politicians who want to take our rights away, and we’ll be working around the clock until November 8th to make sure every Nebraskan knows which politicians want to control their bodies. Like we just saw in Kansas, voters across the Midwest overwhelmingly oppose abortion bans, and Nebraskans feel the same.”
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.