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BELLEVUE, Nebraska (LifeSiteNews) — Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts says he intends to fully outlaw abortion in Nebraska should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade this summer.
“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,” Ricketts told CNN host Dana Bash during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” last Sunday.
Bash noted that Nebraska is not counted among the 13 states that have a post-Roe trigger law in place which would automatically outlaw abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, meaning that the governor would have to call for a special legislative session and pass new legislation to introduce the ban.
“If Roe is overruled and overturned, will you call a special session to ban abortion in Nebraska?” Bash asked.
“If we do get that Roe v Wade overturned, I will work with our speaker of the legislature to work on a special session and do more to protect preborn babies,” replied Ricketts.
“We’ll have to wait and see what that decision is before we can take further steps, but that would certainly be my intention,” he added.
In the aftermath of the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft overruling Roe v. Wade, lawless vandals backed by the abortion lobby and pro-abortion politicians have launched riots and violent attacks on pro-life entities across America, from pregnancy centers to churches, and even targeted Justices' homes.
This widespread, organized effort not only sets a dangerous standard for how groups and individuals may opt to stage demonstrations going forward, but begs the question of how the pro-abortion crowd would behave if and when the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe later this summer.
And, worst of all, the White House has largely turned a blind eye to these riots, with Joe Biden -- who at one time claimed to be personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith -- now acting as the foremost advocate for unfettered abortion access in America.
Biden's nonexistent response must be addressed, and the White House needs to know that the American people demand better from their supposed "leader."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to stop beating around the bush and finally issue a formal statement condemning the violent riots and attacks on pro-life institutions across our country in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court majority opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade.
Over Mother's Day weekend, pro-abortion attacks broke out across America, with increasingly depraved activists targeting pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and churches with either disruptive demonstrations or, in some cases, vandalism and outright violence.
Among the most barbaric occurrences was the vicious attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group headquartered in Madison, where vandals threw a Molotov cocktail into an office window, started a fire on one of its walls, and left a threatening graffiti message reading "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
Review a FULL LIST of other appalling attacks HERE.
They even descended upon the homes of Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear poised to formally issue the final blow to Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, after publishing a map with their private addresses.
The case, which was decided nearly 50 years ago in 1973, saw members of the bench fabricate a constitutional "right" to abortion, depriving individual states from crafting their own laws to protect life. However, should Roe, as expected, be overturned, the matter of abortion would be returned to the states, where it always belonged, giving lawmakers the ability to propose legislation that would either place strong restrictions on the procedure or, in some cases, ban it outright.
And while, of course, freedom of speech must be protected and defended for all Americans, demonstrations that devolve into vandalism, rioting, the use of intimidation tactics against members of the judiciary (or anyone else, for that matter), or violence in any form must NEVER be tolerated.
But the White House seems to be taking a different approach...
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged the threat posed to Supreme Court Justices by out-of-control pro-abotion activists, claiming that "judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety."
This is true, but it took Psaki an entire week to make any semblance of a definitive statement about the White House's position on this urgent matter. In fact, Psaki previously refused to discourage the targeting of Justices' homes when asked, insisting that pro-abortion groups were staging "peaceful protests" instead; she even failed to condemn the leak itself -- an unprecedented breach of trust and rejection of institutional norms that could permanently damage the standing of the court and its ability to function as an apolitical body.
And, of course, Joe Biden, himself, has been virtually silent on the matter, failing to effectively speak out against these riots and reassure the American people that those who seek to vandalize property and perpetrate violence will be held legally accountable for their actions by the Department of Justice.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from a commander-in-chief, and as political allies like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rather ironically) incite insurrection by labeling the Supreme Court's pending decision a "call to arms," the American people must demand that Joe Biden clarify where he stands, and whose side he's really on.
The rule of law must be upheld and applied equally, and that means calling out radical anti-life rioters and ensuring there are consequences for their violent outbursts and destruction of property across the country.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to condemn these rioters, and direct the U.S. Department of Justice to take action that will hold them accountable for their actions under the law.
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'‘Rise up, fight back’: Pro-abortion protesters descend upon Justice Alito’s house over imminent abortion ruling' (LifeSiteNews)
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When asked by Bash whether he believed that the ban should include cases of incest or rape, Ricketts replied that children conceived that way are “still babies.”
“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too,” he said.
In the past few years, Nebraska has passed increasingly pro-life laws.
In 2010, it became the first state to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and on August 15, 2020, it passed legislation to outlaw dismemberment abortion procedures.
But last month, Nebraska’s state legislature failed to pass a pro-life “trigger” law that would automatically ban abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Even though a majority of the legislature supported the bill, it failed to obtain the 33 votes needed to overcome the filibuster that blocked the bill, falling short by two votes in a 31-15 result.
According to LifeNews, a complete abortion ban in Nebraska would save the lives of thousands of babies every year.
Indeed, despite recent pro-life legislation, Nebraska’s health statistics show that 2,378 abortions were still performed in that state in 2021.
Hopes for a complete ban have been rekindled in the Cornhusker State after a leaked majority opinion showed the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v Wade.
Since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling imposed abortion on demand upon all 50 U.S. states, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortion procedures.