Protecting abortion access here rests in the hands of Nebraskans like you. We are the majority and we have a say in what happens here, in our state.
The Legislature’s Role
By overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has left the future of our reproductive rights in Nebraska state senators' hands.
In 2022, we saw three abortion bans get introduced and fail due to the dedicated work of Nebraskans across the state and our champions in the legislature. In 2023, anti-abortion politicians once again attempted to ban abortion. Extreme six-week abortion ban LB 626 fell one vote short on its second-round vote, denying it a path to become law.
What Happens Next
Anti-abortion senators have been clear that they plan to continue their efforts to push access to care out of reach. Our best chance of stopping any future bans is to continue to convince 17 state senators to refuse to invoke cloture, a technical term that means ending debate. Use the action link on this page now and visit NebraskansforAbortionAccess.com for more opportunities to get involved through the 2023 session.
What to Say
Senators prefer to hear directly from you in your own voice.
Before you copy and paste a message you've seen on social media, remember that form emails don’t have as much power as your voice. If you need some ideas or talking points, here are some suggestions:
- Start by introducing yourself with details such as where you live, how long you’ve lived in Nebraska, and if you are a constituent of the senator you are writing to. It’s also a good idea to highlight any personal connections you have to the senator. Did you vote for them? Do you have other business or family connections to them?
- Explain what abortion access/reproductive rights mean to you, your loved ones, your neighbors, or your community. The National Women's Law Center offers recommendations for giving voice to your values.
- Explain how people are harmed without access to abortion care. This Harvard Q&A is an excellent reference.
- Explain who is most affected by abortion bans.
- Remind them that abortion is health care. We can't put it any better than the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- Explain that abortion decisions should be made by individual Nebraskans, not elected leaders.
- Express gratitude if the senator has voted to protect abortion access in the past and urge them to continue protecting access.
- If the senator previously voted in support of abortion bans, ask them to reconsider their position. We have a few recommendations for contacting elected officials.
- End with a strong statement about why this issue is important to you, your family, or Nebraskans in general.
Abortion Access in Nebraska
Although abortion is legal in Nebraska, there are many restrictions on abortion care.
With only three clinic locations in the state, with the farthest west being in Lincoln, access to abortion care is already difficult if not impossible for many Nebraskans. The providers are:
If you are in need of monetary support to pay for your abortion and related expenses, Nebraska Abortion Resources (NEAR) provides financial assistance and may be able to help.
Although abortion is legal in Nebraska, there are many restrictions on abortion care that have been designed by anti-abortion politicians to push care farther and farther out of reach for more Nebraskans. In Nebraska:
- No abortions may be performed beyond 12 weeks gestational age, which is 12 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, except in cases where the pregnant person’s life is in danger or they are facing a significant risk of bodily harm. There are also exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
- Telemedicine cannot be used to administer medication abortion.
- Nebraskans 17 and under must get consent from a guardian before an abortion or must go through the judicial bypass process to get permission from a court to have an abortion without parental consent. More information about judicial bypass is available here.
- Patients must receive state-directed counseling (usually a prerecorded message will be played, or a sheet will be read to the patient) and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
A common second-trimester abortion method is banned.
We will continue to update this page as more information and resources continue to be made available.
Nebraskans for Abortion Access
A new website serves as a central hub for people who want to keep abortion legal.
We partnered with other Nebraska advocacy organizations to launch NebraskansforAbortionAccess.com, which serves as a central hub for people who want to take action to keep abortion legal in Nebraska. The website contains contact information for Nebraska state senators and graphics for you to download and share on your own social media accounts. There is also a form for volunteers to sign up to attend rallies, testify before the legislature during committee hearings on relevant bills, or share their own stories about abortion.
This project is part of an ongoing partnership between the ACLU of Nebraska, I Be Black Girl, Nebraska Abortion Resources (NEAR), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska and Women’s Fund of Omaha.
Our coalition is dedicated to protecting abortion access in Nebraska. Visit NebraskansforAbortionAccess.com to stay informed on how you can take action to support abortion access and engage in any legislative battles that may come our way.
We will continue to update the Nebraskans For Abortion Access website as new developments and resources become available.