By Dave Andrusko
With action scheduled for Tuesday, Nebraska Right to Life responded to action—or inaction—taken on its Heartbeat Bill and proposed subsequent legislation.
On April 27, the Nebraska Legislature fell one vote short of advancing LB626, the Heartbeat Act, which would have protected unborn children from elective abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy—a time at which the unborn child has a beating heart. The proposed legislation had exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.
A motion to end debate in order that the bill could advance to a final round of debate failed 32-15. The motion required 33 votes.
“We were caught off guard by Senator Merv Riepe’s non-vote, given that he chose to co-sponsor the bill, serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and voted to advance the bill out of committee, and then voted to advance the bill on the first round of debate,” said Sandy Danek, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life.
“Amendment 1658, the Preborn Child Protection Act, is an attempt to ban abortions in Nebraska at 12 weeks and will be attached to LB574, the ‘Let Them Grow Act,” Nebraska Right to Life wrote. “While we are extremely disappointed the Nebraska Heartbeat Act did not advance because of one ‘present, not voting”, a 12-week protection would still save the lives of Nebraska preborn children.”
Nebraska Right to Life will continue our efforts as we have for more than 50 years to protect every vulnerable life in our state. We will carry on with the fight to save preborn babies so that our legislation reflects Nebraskans’ values and protects all innocent preborn babies.