For far too long politicians have been forcing their beliefs into Nebraska households. Personal health care decisions – including decisions about abortion – belong to Nebraskans, their health care providers and their families, not politicians. We need legislation that supports Nebraskans’ freedom to ensure their reproductive futures are in their hands and the hands of medical professionals, not state senators.  

HEALTH AND SAFETY DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

As times change, so must our methods of ensuring access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care. The decision to keep or end a pregnancy is a deeply private decision made by Nebraskans, their families and their health care providers. In order to support freedom of choice and keep Nebraskans safe, we need to provide alternatives to in-office visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators need to see the benefit, safety and science behind telemedicine and medical abortions. Nebraskans should not have to put themselves or their family in danger when proposed legislation could give them the option to virtually meet with providers from the comfort and safety of their homes.  

As we fight to remove barriers that reduce abortion access, we must also advocate for access to contraceptives without financial barriers. It is imperative that health insurance programs recognize the obvious importance of contraception as preventive care and pay for prescribed contraceptives.  

Related legislation: LB276, LB20  

PROTECT WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE  

Our race or background should never dictate the level of treatment, care or humanity we receive. In 2021, senators can take concrete action to protect women from all walks of life. Important measures have been introduced to address maternal health disparities; require humane accommodations for pregnant and nursing people in our prisons; ensure sexual assault survivors have access to the care they need; and provide better support for domestic violence survivors, including limits on eviction and the ability to break a lease.  

Related legislation: LB119, LB416, LB183, LB320 


About this series

2021 holds the promise for meaningful change. At the start of it all is Nebraska's long 90-day legislative session. As our state senators face key issues, we need them to make the right choices. Your advocacy can help. We analyzed the hundreds of new bills that have been introduced and sorted civil rights priorities into eight categories. We call it the ACLU 8. These lists are not exhaustive and only reflect bills we've identified as top priorities or top threats. We encourage you to find your senator and tell them your priorities.

Read the series: Police Reform, Fix the Broken System, Sensible Drug Reform, Economic Justice for All of Us, Student's Rights, Act on Fairness, Our Voice is Our Power