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.
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.