Nebraska’s debate over its proposed pro-life “The Human Life Protection Act” last week was heated and lasted eight hours, and received a strong endorsement from the state legislature’s youngest female member.
Republican state Senator Julie Slama responded to several opponents of the bill by saying a few people have prefaced their statements against the bill with, “As a woman.” She said if the opponents of the bill are going to “bury themselves in obscurities and identity politics, I’ll hop in.”
She said as the only young woman under 35 in the entire legislature she is proud to stand to support all women, born and preborn, by supporting the bill.
Slama described the loss of an “entire generation” of Americans to abortion since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. She added that her generation has suffered the greatest losses from abortion and is the “pro-life generation.”
She said America cannot get those 62 million lives back and Nebraska could not recover the tens of thousands of lives already lost in the state. She added that in 2022, we should ask that “heaven have mercy on us” if we do not take action because the science now proves that life begins at conception.
Under Nebraska state Senate rules, the bill did not obtain the 33 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and bring it to the floor for a vote. A majority of the legislature is reported to support the passage of the bill.
The bill would ban virtually all abortions in the state and would be triggered automatically by a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill had 23 co-sponsors in the state Senate and was described by the Nebraska Family Alliance as the “biggest pro-life bill” in the country.
Thirteen states have already enacted prohibitions that would be “triggered” by Roe v. Wade being overturned. The Supreme Court is currently considering a case arising from Mississippi that calls for the outright reversal of Roe v. Wade. The final decision in that case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is expected to be issued by the Supreme Court by the end of June.