League of Women Voters of Nebraska
On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. The League of Women Voters has a long history of supporting women’s reproductive rights (see page 56 of Impact on Issues) and at our 2022 convention, reaffirmed by passing a resolution stating:
Be it resolved that the LWVUS supports the rights of women and those who can become pregnant to self-determination related to, and including, but not limited to bodily autonomy, privacy, reproductive health, and lifestyle choice to bodily autonomy.
LB626 — a six-week abortion ban — was introduced by Sen. Joni Albrecht on Jan. 17, 2023. Members of the League of Women Voters of Nebraska attended a press conference opposing the bill in the Capitol rotunda and submitted testimony on Feb. 1, 2023. The LWVNE also sent all state senators a letter at the beginning of the legislative session outlining our position against restrictions on reproductive rights and the consequences of such bans that should be considered.
The League of Women Voters of Nebraska will oppose restrictions on the reproductive rights of women and those who can become pregnant. We are calling on our members and the Nebraska community at large to contact their state senators to tell them that the state of Nebraska should not interfere with the decision of a woman in consultation with her doctor, family and religious adviser. Below you will find information that will help you stay informed and take action.
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The Nebraska Unicameral will take up the issue of abortion in the new 108th session. We encourage our members and the public to make sure their voices are heard regarding opposition to restrictions on reproductive freedom.
Current Laws and Recent Legislation
The current state laws regarding abortion include mandatory counseling, a 24-hour wait period, parent consent for a minor, and no abortions performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization except in the case of life endangerment or severely compromised health. During the last regular legislative session, several bills related to abortion were introduced.
LB626, introduced on January 17, 2023 by Sen. Albrecht, is a six week abortion ban. LWVNE opposes this bill. Read our letter to Nebraska senators and our testimony letter against the bill. The following Senators are sponsors of LB626 (along with their legislative disctrict): Albrecht, 17; Aguilar, 35; Ballard, 21; Bostelman, 23; Brewer, 43; Briese, 41; Clements, 2; DeKay, 40; Dorn, 30; Dover, 19; Erdman, 47; Geist, 25; Halloran, 33; Hardin, 48; Holdcroft, 36; Hughes, 24; Ibach, 44; Jacobson, 42; Kauth, 31; Linehan, 39; Lippincott, 34; Lowe, 37; McDonnell, 5; Moser, 22; Murman, 38; Ripe, 12; Sanders, 45; Slama, 1;von Gillern, 4.
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Midlands Voices: An abortion ban in Nebraska ultimately hurts women
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Poland shows the risks for women when abortion is banned
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Infertility patients and doctors fear abortion bans could restrict I.V.F.
Status of the Nebraska Health Care Workforce: Updated 2022
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State Facts About Abortion: Nebraska
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Nebraska, 2014-2018
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Gallup Research on Abortion Historical Trends