Lincoln Women’s March organized a rally to defend women’s reproductive rights on Oct. 2 at the north side of Nebraska State Capitol.
The march was hosted in response to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to allow a sweeping law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy to go into effect on Sept. 1. This makes Texas one of the strictest states in terms of access to abortion services.
The Biden administration filed an emergency motion in mid-September asking a judge to block enforcement of the law while it pursues legal action. On Oct. 6, U.S district Judge Robert Pitman ordered a temporary suspension of the sweeping law, known as Senate Bill 8, on grounds that it is an “offensive deprivation” of a woman’s right to exercise control over her own body.
However, the 5th US Court of Appeals overturned Pitman’s ruling less than two days later on Oct. 8. The Biden administration has until Oct. 12 to respond.
Many of the protesters held signs that were critical of Gov. Pete Ricketts and his legislative decisions surrounding abortion rights in Nebraska.
In August 2020, he celebrated with pro-life leaders at the Nebraska State Capitol after passing legislation that bans second-trimester abortion in Nebraska. The bill, LB 814, describes the surgical process of dilating the cervix and removing the fetus after the first trimester, known medically as dilation and evacuation. It makes the practice a felony crime, punishable by up to two years in prison or a fine of $10,000.
Last month, the governor went on Twitter to congratulate Texas for its victory in passing one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. He said in a tweet posted on Sept. 2 that Nebraska is a pro-life state.
Planning on pushing similar laws in Nebraska, Ricketts told News Channel Nebraska that his administration is currently “pulling together its legislative plans with pro-life leaders across the state.”
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