By overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has left the future of our reproductive rights in Nebraska state senators' hands.
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 the 2023 legislative session.
Special Legislative Session
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.
Governor Pete Ricketts has announced that he will not call a special legislative session in 2022. Ricketts received word from Speaker Mike Hilgers that there are not enough votes from senators to pass a further abortion ban. 30 senators said they would support calls for a special session to introduce and pass a 12-week abortion ban, meaning that anti-abortion politicians fell only three votes short of their goal.
What Happens Next
Although there will not be a special session this year, Nebraskans must remain ready for anything – legislation to ban or restrict abortion could be introduced during the 2023 legislative session.
During regular session, every bill that is introduced will have a committee hearing. 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 visit www.nebraskansforabortionaccess.com for more opportunities to get involved now through the 2023 session.
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 has since appointed Sen. Dover to replace Sen. Flood, serving out a term that ends January 2025.)
EXCUSED NOT VOTING:
Lathrop, Pahls, Wayne (Gov. Ricketts has since appointed Sen. Kauthto replace the late Sen. Pahls until the November midterm elections.)
Thank the senators who opposed the ban. Demand better from senators who supported it. We must keep this momentum going through next year’s session – 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.