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Sam Petto, ACLU of Nebraska Communications Director

January 5, 2022

An attendee grabs a protest sign at a fall rally in support of reproductive rights outside the Nebraska State Capitol.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The ACLU of Nebraska is calling on the Nebraska Legislature to soundly reject a new bill that would enact one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans in Nebraska.

LB781 would restrict Nebraskans from accessing abortion care based on ultrasound results that are detectable as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant.

Scout Richters, legal and policy counsel at the ACLU of Nebraska, said state senators should recognize these bans threaten Nebraskans’ health, rights and lives. 

 “A vote for this bill is effectively a vote to ban all abortions because many people don’t even know they’re pregnant at the point when this bill’s extreme restriction would take effect,” Richters said. “The decision about whether and when to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions we make and Nebraskans should be able to make their own decisions about what is best for their families. It’s not our state senators’ place to judge Nebraskans or take away their freedom to make deeply personal decisions. The Nebraska Legislature must stop the bans and start respecting Nebraskans’ rights.”

The ACLU of Nebraska opposes any interference by politicians in Nebraskans’ reproductive rights and supports efforts to repeal politically motivated and medically unnecessary state restrictions. The Guttmacher Institute, a national reproductive and sexual health research and policy organization, currently categorizes Nebraska as hostile to reproductive rights based on the significant current abortion restrictions in the state.

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