Nebraska’s Republican Governor Will Call a Special Session to Approve Comprehensive Abortion Ban If Roe Vs. Wade

Ricketts’ comments come as the Supreme Court’s conservative majority looks likely to strike down Roe v. Wade, a landmark case from 1973.

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Pete Ricketts, the Republican governor of Nesbraska, said he would call a special session of the Nesbraska legislature to pass a total abortion ban if Roe v. Wade.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I think life begins at conception, and those are babies, too,” Ricketts said in an interview with CNN when asked if he thought the state should require a girl who has been raped to carry a pregnancy to term.

“If Roe v. Wade, which is a horrible constitutional decision, is overturned by the Supreme Court, which we hope, here in Nebraska, we will take more action to protect those unborn babies.”

“Even in the case of rape or incest?” asked the interviewer. To which the governor replied: “They are still babies, too. Yes”.

The Governor also said that in the event that Roe is overturned, “I will work with our Speaker of the Legislature to work through a special session and do more to protect unborn babies. We will have to wait and see what that decision is before we can take further action, but that would certainly be my intention.”

Ricketts’ comments come as the Supreme Court’s conservative majority looks likely to strike down Roe v. Wade, a landmark case from 1973 that legalized abortion throughout the United States.

At the beginning of May, a draft opinion written by the conservative judge, Samuel Alito, was leaked, in which he indicated that the high court was ready to reverse Roe in a case related to an abortion law in the state of Mississippi that would prohibit abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy.

For his part, in another interview, the governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt, supported the law in his entity that prohibits abortion and that does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

“Now, as I understand it, your law has no exemptions for rape or incest. And the argument is that a victim may not know at six weeks that she is pregnant,” host Stitt said when she appeared on Fox News. “So what do you say to a woman who is in that situation, she lives in your state and she feels like she has no options?”

“Well, first of all, super compassionate about it. I have daughters, I can’t even imagine what that would be like and those difficulties,” Stitt replied. But despite his compassion, the governor would still force the victims to have a baby.

“You have to choose,” Stitt continued. “That is a human being inside the womb. And we will do our best to protect life and love both mother and child. And we also don’t think killing one to protect another is the right thing to do.”

Ricketts and Stitt join last week’s views of Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who staunchly defends abortion laws without certain exemptions.

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