Dismemberment ban passes 'by the grace of God'

Friday, August 14, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

abortion examination roomThreats of legal action against Nebraska's newest pro-life legislation are expected to fall short as the governor is expected to sign it into law.

It took nine months, but on Thursday the unicameral legislature in Nebraska – interrupted briefly by the coronavirus – passed a ban on dismemberment abortions. LB 814, which passed on a 33-8 vote, allows for professional injunctions and civil action against any abortion provider who violates the ban, besides in the case of a medical emergency.

Karen Bowling of Nebraska Family Alliance comments on the bill's passage.

"Unfortunately, it's been a practice in Nebraska where [unborn babies are] torn limb by limb until they bleed out," she shares, "and by the grace of God we overcame the final and fourth filibuster on Day 60 – the last day of the legislative session – and so it passed."

The usual suspects, such as the ACLU, have been grumbling about taking legal action, claiming the ban is unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade. But Bowling expects any legal challenges to fail.

"We believe we have good legal standing; that it's constitutional," she tells OneNewsNow. "In fact, our attorney general here in Nebraska, Doug Peterson, was requested by one of the opponents to give a ruling opinion on [that]."

Peterson concurred it is "likely constitutional because it does not appear that it will impose a substantial obstacle on abortion access" in the state.

Thus far, 11 states have passed bans on dismemberment abortions; five are tied up in the courts. Nebraska will become state #12 when Governor Pete Ricketts signs it into law – and he has committed to doing so.

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