At the start of 2022, we saw three anti-abortion bills get introduced and fail due to the dedicated work of Nebraskans across the state. Anti-abortion politicians could once again attempt to ban abortion in a special legislative session in 2022 or regular session in 2023.
Special Legislative Sessions
Speaker Mike Hilgers and Gov. Pete Ricketts have said they plan to call a special session to ban abortion. A special legislative session occurs when state senators convene outside of the normal scheduled legislative session for a specific purpose. The governor can call a special session through executive action or state senators can initiate a special session themselves if 33 of the 49 state senators sign on to support the call.
What Happens Next
If Nebraskans are faced with a special session, we will have to work hard in a very short time frame to ensure abortion rights in Nebraska are protected.
Like regular session, every bill that is introduced will have a committee hearing. And each bill will need to make it through three rounds of votes to be passed into law. Our best chance of stopping new bans is to convince 17 state senators to filibuster each and every ban by refusing to invoke cloture, a technical term that means ending debate. Use the action links on this page now and look for more opportunities to get involved when a special session is announced.
Finally, it always helps to know how your senator voted last time. Here’s how senators voted on a total trigger ban last session.
OPPOSED EXTREME TOTAL BAN:
Blood, Bostar, J. Cavanaugh, M. Cavanaugh, Day, DeBoer, M. Hansen, Hunt, McCollister, McKinney, Morfeld, Pansing Brooks, Vargas, Walz, Wishart
SUPPORTED EXTREME TOTAL BAN:
Aguilar, Albrecht, Arch, Bostelman, Brandt, Brewer, Briese, Clements, Dorn, Erdman, Flood, Friesen, Geist, Gragert, Halloran, B. Hansen, Hilgers, Hilkemann, Hughes, Jacobson, Kolterman, Lindstrom, Linehan, Lowe, McDonnell, Moser, Murman, Sanders, Slama, Stinner, Williams (Gov. Ricketts will appoint a replacement for Sen. Flood.)
EXCUSED NOT VOTING:
Lathrop, Pahls, Wayne (Gov. Ricketts has since appointed Sen. Kauth to replace the late Sen. Pahls until the November midterm elections.)
Thank the senators who opposed the ban. Demand better from senators who supported it. Since we will be operating on such a short timeline, it is critical that all Nebraskans who support a person’s right to decide if and when they become a parent join us in demanding that state senators respect that right and stop the bans.