Nebraska Political Leaders Weigh In On Row V Wade Decision
Friday the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion.
Friday's ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse.
“America’s work of becoming a more perfect Union is never over, but today – by righting a Constitutional wrong – the Supreme Court took a historic step forward. Roe’s days are over, but the pro-life movement’s work has just begun. This issue will now be debated in the 50 states, and a 330,000,000-person, continental nation will work through this debate in a way that’s healthier than Roe’s one-size-fits-all, Washington-centrism. The pro-life movement is pro-baby, pro-mom, and pro-science. This cause is rooted in love and now is the time to show it. We can’t call this legal victory the end, because our movement has never been primarily about lawsuits and laws – it’s about love and compassion. So let’s celebrate today’s victory and get to work. Let’s support and love all pregnant women. Let’s come alongside them and give the support they need. Let’s support babies regardless of the situations they face and build communities around them that will love and cherish them.
“On a separate note, let’s celebrate the fact that our institutions held. In spite of the doxxing of their homes, violent threats and intimidation, and even a plot to assassinate Justice Kavanaugh, the Court held strong. There is no room for political violence in America – none. Mob violence is un-American, period. President Biden needs to personally and forcefully condemn violence and threats against Supreme Court Justices. Our institutions still work. Let’s keep faith in them.”
Nebraska's Third District Congressman Adrian Smith.
“Life is a miracle that begins at conception. While today’s decision is a win for the pro-life movement, our work does not end here. We must ensure states – which are now rightfully tasked with authority over abortion – have the resources needed to restore a culture that respects and values life by supporting at-risk mothers, fathers, and children.
“I am deeply troubled by the leak of this decision earlier this spring and by the ongoing threats to sitting Supreme Court Justices. Violence is not and will never be the answer. I hope the law-breaking radicals – and the groups encouraging violence – will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
“Roe v. Wade took away the states’ right to regulate abortion and cost millions of babies their lives.”
“Today’s Supreme Court decision restores the rights of the people, and as a result our future generations will have a chance at life.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe is an answer to millions of prayers on behalf of the unborn and a victory for human life. I will be working with our legislative leaders to determine what more we can do to protect our preborn babies.”
Nebraska Democratic Candidate for Governor Carol Blood.
"I want to be your next governor because it is time somebody had the guts to speak truth to power in our executive branch. We need compassionate leadership and not more rhetoric, buzz words or bells and whistles.
I don’t want to live in a police state where doctors need to look over their shoulders and wonder if the life saving care they are providing will result in a 20-year prison sentence or where a woman will not have options when it comes to conception.
We must fight. We must use our voices. We must vote and support candidates who have our backs because our lives clearly depend on this. We must rise up, volunteer, donate, and lift up those that share our values."
Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.
"It is more important than ever that our state legislators believe in reproductive freedom. Governor Ricketts and anti-choice state senators intend to wage an unending assault on reproductive rights, but those attempts will fail as long as seventeen state senators hold the line.
There are exactly seventeen Democratic state senators now. Some are on the ballot in November.
Our task is to defend the seventeen-strong firewall with everything we’ve got. That’s how Nebraska will preserve our access to life-saving health care and autonomy over our own lives."