LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With heightened security but no opposition present, three Nebraska senators introduced pro-life bills in this year’s legislative session.
Senator Julie Slama introduced the heartbeat bill earlier this month that would make abortions illegal in Nebraska after a heartbeat is detected. A heartbeat is usually detected around six weeks of pregnancy.
On Monday, senators introduced two more pro-life bills that would dramatically change abortions in Nebraska.
“In Nebraska, there’s been nearly 200,000 since Roe was ruled in 1973, that’s 10 percent of our state’s population,” Sen. Joni Albrecht said.
Slama’s heartbeat bill allows abortions, but only until a heartbeat is detected, after which it would become illegal under that law.
“At 6 weeks gestation, a baby’s heartbeat can be detected by ultrasound. LB781 would protect this little baby, whose heart is already beating, from the violence of abortion. Senator Julie Slama
LB933 would go a step above the Heartbeat Bill, banning all abortions in the state, the only exception being a medical emergency to save the life of the mother. The Supreme Court would have the final decision on LB933 if it passes.
“If and when Roe is overthrown next June, Nebraska will have laws in place that will position us as a pro-life state,” Sen. Albrecht said.
People seeking abortions would not be prosecuted, but those who perform abortions would be charged with a Class 2A felony.
“Under the Human Life Protection Act, performing an abortion after Roe’s cancellation will no longer be permitted in Nebraska,” Sen. Albrecht said.
Senator Suzanne Geist introduced a bill still allowing abortions but with restrictions.
“LB1086, what this does is it sets a standard of care for the use of chemical abortions. Chemical abortions represent approximately 70% of abortions in the state of Nebraska, and currently there are is no prescribed standard of care,” said Senator Suzanne Geist.
Doctors would determine how long the patient will last, as well as whether it is an ectopic pregnancy.
“This bill limits the use of chemical agents to be used during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy, as the risk of complications increases dramatically each week thereafter. LB 1086 would also prohibit the distribution of these drugs through the mail,” said Senator Geist.
Senators are yet to debate and vote on legislation that would limit or end abortions in the state.
“Abortion is still completely legal in the State of Nebraska, Planned Parenthood North Central States are proud to provide these services at our two health centers, and we will continue to fight to protect this access and even the ‘expand where we can,’ Andi Curry said. Grubb, state executive director at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska.
Planned Parenthood of Nebraska is asking women to share their abortion stories, with the goal of helping others.
“No abortion ban ever suits us, and it all really works for the same purpose. It’s what they’ve been trying to do for years and again, it doesn’t reflect what the people of the Nebraska wants state senators to spend their time right now,” Grubb said.