Nebraska Gov Says He Plans to Call Special Session to Outlaw Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts told CNN on Sunday that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade he will call a special session of the state legislature to outlaw abortion.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too,” he told Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked if he thought that abortions in the case of rape or incest should be banned as well.

“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,” he said.

“Including in the case of rape or incest?” Bash clarified.

“They’re still babies, too. Yes,” Ricketts replied.

Earlier this month, a leaked draft opinion from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito indicated that the court plans to vote to overturn Roe v Wade in its ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

If that happens, 13 states including Nebraska have trigger laws in place which would automatically ban abortion.

“I will work with our speaker of the legislature to work on a special session and do more to protect preborn babies,” Ricketts told Bash. “We’ll have to wait and see what that decision is before we can take further steps, but that would certainly be my intention.”

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