Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts reaffirmed his commitment to protect preborn babies when he spoke on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. In an interview with host Dana Bash, Ricketts said that he believes that abortion should be outlawed in all circumstances. He also hopes to hold a special legislative session in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, with the intent of getting state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit abortion in the state.
“Do you think that the state of Nebraska should require a young girl who was raped to carry that pregnancy to term?” asked Bash.
“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too,” answered Ricketts. “So 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.”
“Including in the case of rape or incest?” Bash clarified. To which Ricketts replied, “They’re still babies, too. Yes. They’re still babies.”
After affirming his commitment to protect all life regardless of conception circumstances, Ricketts said that he wants to hold a special legislative session to attempt to get state lawmakers to prohibit abortion, should the Supreme Court announce that it has overturned Roe.
“Well, if we do get Roe v. Wade overturned, I will work with our speaker of the legislature to have a special session and do more to protect preborn babies,” he said. “We’ll have to see what the decision is before we could take further steps but that would certainly be my intention.”
While Nebraska has passed a number of pro-life laws in recent years, the state currently does not have a “trigger law” in place, which would outlaw abortion in the state should Roe be overturned. Lawmakers attempted to pass one last month, but it failed by only two votes.
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