Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said Sunday that if Roe v. Wade is overturned he will call a special session in his state to completely outlaw abortion
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‘They’re still babies!’ Nebraska GOP governor says he would call session to outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned as suggests there would be NO exception for rape and incest

  • Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said if Roe v. Wade is overturned he will call a special session in his state to completely outlaw abortion 
  • ‘If Roe v. Wade gets overturned by the Supreme Court, here in Nebraska we’ll take further steps to protect those preborn babies,’ Ricketts said Sunday 
  • When asked if that ‘includes in the case of rape or incest’, Ricketts said: ‘Yes, they’re still babies’
  • A draft Supreme Court opinion leaked earlier this month shows conservative justices are poised to overturn the landmark abortion case 
  • There are 13 states with so-called ‘trigger laws’, which would immediately ban abortion if Roe v. Wade were reversed
  • Nebraska is not one of those states, failing to pass a similar law last month due to a filibuster in the state’s legislature 

Republican Governor Pete Ricketts said Sunday that if Roe v. Wade is overturned he will call a special session in Nebraska to outlaw abortion.

He suggested during an interview with CNN’s State of the Union that the law in his state would likely not include exceptions for instances of rape and incest, which means his state’s abortion rules could be among the most restrictive in the country.

‘The abortion ban you tried to pass did not include any exceptions for rape or incest,’ CNN anchor Dana Bash said to Ricketts. ‘So, can you clarify, do you think that the state of Nebraska should require a young girl who was raped to carry that pregnancy to term?’

Ricketts described that he believes life begins at the time of conception and declared Nebraska a ‘pro-life state’ before reaffirming that he thinks rape victims should not be legally able to terminate their pregnancy.

‘Those are babies, too,’ Ricketts insisted.

‘If Roe v. Wade, a horrible constitutional decision, gets overturned by the Supreme Court, which we’re hopeful of, here in Nebraska we’ll take further steps to protect those preborn babies,’ he added.

‘Including in the case of rape or incest?’ Bash pushed.

‘They’re still babies, too,’ Ricketts replied. ‘Yes, they’re still babies.’

Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said Sunday that if Roe v. Wade is overturned he will call a special session in his state to completely outlaw abortion

Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said Sunday that if Roe v. Wade is overturned he will call a special session in his state to completely outlaw abortion

A draft Supreme Court opinion leaked earlier this month shows conservative justices are poised to overturn the landmark abortion case

A draft Supreme Court opinion leaked earlier this month shows conservative justices are poised to overturn the landmark abortion case

On calling a session to pass abortion legislation,’ Ricketts said: ‘I will work with our speaker of the legislature to have a special session and do more to protect preborn babies.’

‘We’ll have to see what the decision is before we could take further steps but that would certainly be my intention,’ he added.

There are currently 13 states with so-called ‘trigger laws’, meaning that if Roe v. Wade is reserves, the states in question would immediately have laws go into effect that would essentially entirely ban abortion.

While the deep red state of Nebraska does not have this type of law in place, Ricketts said there would still be swift action in the event of an overturn.

Last month the state’s legislature tried to pass similar legislation to the other 13 states, but was blocked in their attempt by a filibuster.

A Supreme Court draft opinion leaked earlier this month to the press shows the conservative justices are preparing to overturn the landmark abortion decision.

Pro-abortion protesters march by the Supreme Court on Saturday, May 14, 2022

Pro-abortion protesters march by the Supreme Court on Saturday, May 14, 2022

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