In an interview on CNN, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) said that he plans to call a special session of his state’s legislature to pass a total ban on abortion if the Supreme Court moves forward with overturning Roe v. Wade.
Speaking with Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Republican governor stated: “Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too. If Roe v. Wade, which is a horrible constitutional decision, gets overturned by the Supreme Court, which we’re hopeful of, here in Nebraska, we’re going to take further steps to protect those preborn babies.”
Following up on Ricketts’ strong statement, Bash asked, “Including in the case of rape or incest?”
“They’re still babies, too,” the governor responded. “Yes.”
Ricketts went on to say that, if Roe gets overturned, “I will work with our speaker of the legislature to work on a special session and do more to protect preborn babies. We’ll have to wait and see what that decision is before we can take further steps, but that would certainly be my intention.”
Over a dozen states currently have “trigger laws” in place which, if Roe were to be overturned, would go into effect, banning abortion within their borders.
Nebraska’s unicameral legislature failed to pass such a bill recently that would have banned all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest, and would have created criminal penalties for physicians who perform the procedure within the state.
During his interview with Bash, Ricketts asserted his belief that each state has the right and responsibility to enact laws that reflect the interests of their residents.
“At the end of the day, I think voters in individual states, and it’s certainly true here in Nebraska, they make their own decisions,” the governor said. “You know, people outside the state can have an influence, but at the end of the day, Nebraskans look to their own and Nebraskans made a decision they wanted for their state.”
Ricketts’ comments come in response to the leaking of an early opinion draft which indicated that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning the issue of abortion to the states. In response to this potential decision, conservatives have been tentatively rejoicing over the idea of being able to ban the practice in their own states, while the left has begun protesting, and has even gotten violent over the decision.
On Saturday, more than 400 pro-abortion “Bans Off Our Bodies” demonstrations took place across the country organized by Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March, and several other pro-abortion organizations.
Organizers of the protests have threatened that the gatherings mark the beginning of a potential “summer of rage” if the Supreme Court moves forward with overturning Roe v. Wade. The left’s tactics have already escalated, as the addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices were doxxed, and activists gathered outside of their homes to demonstrate. They have even moved on to terrorist attacks, targeting pro-life ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ with vandalism, threats, and Molotov cocktails.
Despite the widespread protests, a recent CNN poll indicates that the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade is preparing GOP voters for a higher turnout than Democratic voters in November’s midterm elections.