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In today’s Quickie: near-total abortion ban introduced in Nebraska, PPFA and PPAF president on the Daily Show tonight, Minnesota House to vote on reproductive rights bill, and PP to join state committees to speak about Roe’s 50th anniversary!
NEAR-TOTAL ABORTION BAN INTRODUCED IN NEBRASKA: On Monday, anti-abortion politicians in Nebraska introduced a near total abortion ban, LB626, which would make abortions illegal after about six weeks of pregnancy. The bill would cause providers to lose their medical license for providing abortion care after six weeks of pregnancy — before many people even know they are pregnant — or without first performing an ultrasound.
“This dangerous, near-total abortion ban does nothing more than take away Nebraskans’ control over their bodies and futures and put it into the hands of politicians, most of whom have no medical expertise,” said Andi Curry Grubb, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska in a press release Tuesday. “Abortion remains safe and legal in our state today and a growing majority of Nebraskans want it to stay that way. We will continue to provide essential sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, while fighting for our patients to ensure they can access the care they need, no matter what.”
A growing majority of Nebraskans support safe and legal abortion. Fifty-nine percent of Nebraskans do not want any further restrictions on abortion in Nebraska and oppose abortion bans, which is a 23 percentage point difference compared to those who want abortion banned.
TONIGHT ON THE DAILY SHOW: This evening, catch Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Alexis McGill Johnson on The Daily Show with Leslie Jones at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central. For her second appearance on the show, Alexis will discuss the state of abortion access, the onslaught of attacks on abortion and bodily autonomy, and the breadth of reproductive health care services and sex education that Planned Parenthood proudly offers across the country.
MINNESOTA HOUSE TO VOTE ON REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS BILL TOMORROW: The Minnesota House of Representatives will hold a floor vote Thursday on the Protect Reproductive Options Act (PRO Act). The PRO Act would codify into state law Minnesotans’ right to make their own reproductive health care decisions, including the right to contraception, the right to carry a pregnancy to term, the right to fertility treatment, and the right to abortion.
WHAT: House floor vote on the Protect Reproductive Options Act.
WHO: Minnesota House Members
WHEN: Starting at 3:30pm Thursday, January 19
WHERE: Minnesota House Chamber - Minnesota Capitol (75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN, 55155). Livestream available here.
For more information or questions, please email PPFA State Advocacy Communications Manager Emily Halvorson.
TOMORROW: PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO JOIN STATE COMMITTEES TO SPEAK AHEAD OF 50TH ROE ANNIVERSARY: Tomorrow at 12pm ET, members from state committees — including the Democratic Attorneys General Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee — and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) will host a press call to mark the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Helene Krasnoff, PPAF’s Vice President, Public Policy Litigation & Law, will speak to the current abortion rights landscape and the fight to restore, protect, and expand access at the state level. RSVP here for Zoom link.