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Nebraska Legislature Won't Call Special Session To Amend State's Abortion Laws

Published: Aug. 9, 2022

The Nebraska Legislature will not call a special session to amend the state's abortion laws, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday.

Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers sent Ricketts a letter stating that 30 state senators would vote for legislation that would have prohibited abortions starting at 12 weeks. Thirty-three votes were needed to overcome a filibuster and pass legislation. The state's current statute restricts abortion at and after 20 weeks.

Dr. Emily Patel, a fetal medicine specialist at Methodist Women’s Hospital, spoke to KETV in the wake of the announcement.

"We have a lot of work to do here in Nebraska on education, and this gives us time to do that to educate the voters and the Legislature in our state," she said.

KETV: Nebraska Legislature will not call special session to amend state's abortion laws

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