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(From left) Dru Macmillan, Mandy Sullivan and her daughter, Agatha, attended the Women’s March at the Nebraska State Capitol on Oct. 2. Both Macmillan and Sullivan have been working as social workers since 2006. “I’ve seen a lot of women who have had their rights taken away,” Macmillan said. “And I’m not going to let anybody do that.” Sullivan doesn’t want to see Nebraska passing the same abortion law Texas did. “I don’t think abortion bans belong in Nebraska,” Sullivan said. “I think we can do better than that.” Photo by Chin Tung Tan/NNS.

A controversial Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. Senate Bill 8 bans abortions after medical professionals can detect a heartbeat—which can be as early as six weeks.

A study from Monmouth University shows 54% of the public disagrees with the Supreme Court, which allowed the Texas law to go into effect. Andi Curry Grubb, state executive director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska, and Sadie Brewer, a senior psychology student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said they are opposed to the law.

Brooke Fullerton, parent life director at Youth for Christ, said she supports the law. Gov. Pete Ricketts tweeted support of the bill and said Nebraska is pro-life state.

Ethan Petrik | Senior | Sports Media & Communication, Broadcasting Ethan Petrik had worked in print journalism at the Sidney Herald in Sidney, MT and The Grand Island Independent in Grand Island, NE. Currently, Ethan works as an on-air host and board op at 93.7 The Ticket where he is known as Big Sky.