What National Attacks on Abortion Mean for Nebraska
The Threat to Safe, Legal Abortion
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This will be the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the decision that established the constitutional right to have an abortion, since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. By taking this case, the Court will be revisiting nearly 50 years of precedent that has protected people’s access to safe and legal abortion in Nebraska.
Also this year, Texas passed S.B. 8, the most extreme abortion ban in our country’s history. The law essentially eliminates access to safe, legal abortion in Texas and paves the way for other states and municipalities to do the same.
What does this mean for abortion access in Nebraska?
One day after S.B. 8—the most extreme abortion ban in the country—went into effect in Texas, Governor Pete Ricketts said he was “pleased” to see the law take effect and indicated plans to introduce similar legislation in Nebraska.
Though a majority of Nebraska senators do not support safe, legal abortion access, we have more reproductive health champions in the Legislature than ever before. This means we have a real chance to fight off attempted bans but it won't be easy and we must stay vigilant.
Tell Your Senator to Support Abortion Access
Legislative session may start on January 5 but your senator needs to hear from you now. Find your senator on the Nebraska Legislature website and tell them to fight for reproductive freedom for all.
Abortion access is fundamental to health equity.
Attacks on abortion access disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), those with low incomes, and those living in rural areas. People with means will always be able to overcome unnecessary barriers to access abortion, but all people should have access to the health care they need.
Join the fight to protect and expand abortion access in Nebraska.
We know the majority of people support the right to safe, legal abortion—but a vocal minority is leading the charge against abortion, contraception, and comprehensive sex ed in this country. That’s why those of us who support reproductive freedom must speak up now before it’s too late—and encourage our friends, families, and communities to do the same.
Sign up to join the fight for abortion access in Nebraska and we’ll give you an immediate action to take.