Nebraskans gather in the Capitol to tell state senators to protect trans youth and reject LB 574. Photo by Chad Greene.

LINCOLN, Neb. – New restrictions on abortion access and health care for young transgender Nebraskans are now just one round of debate away from heading to Gov. Jim Pillen’s desk. 

Tonight, Nebraska state senators ended debate on the proposed restrictions with a 33 – 14 vote, reaching the exact number needed to overcome a filibuster. They then adopted an amendment and advanced LB 574. 

The bill now contains language that bans abortion care 12 weeks out from a patient's last period in addition to restrictions on gender-related care for Nebraskans under 19 years old.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska Interim Executive Director Mindy Rush Chipman made this statement on tonight’s vote: 

“Rather than respecting that health care decisions belong to Nebraskans and their medical providers, senators are spending these last few weeks of session trying to impose their personal beliefs on everyone else,” Rush Chipman said. “They are disregarding what constituents want, ignoring medical experts and jeopardizing Nebraskans’ health. Now is the time for all Nebraskans who believe in freedom to contact their senators and urge them to oppose these cruel bans.”

As of tonight, it is unclear when the combined ban will be scheduled for its final round of debate.