May 24, 2023

Nebraska Gov. Signs 12-Week Abortion Limit

Gov. Jim Pillen (R) signing LB574
On May 22, Nebraska Gov Jim Pillen (R) signed legislation prohibiting elective abortions after 12 weeks gestation. The law, which went into effect immediately, includes exceptions for rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger.

Nebraska's prior limit was at 20 weeks gestation.

"Today is a historic day in the State of Nebraska. It is a day where we are standing up and protecting our kids so that they can have a better and brighter future," said Governor Pillen. "LB574 is the most significant win for social conservatives in a generation, and is part of what has been a historic legislative session with senators voting for policies that protect our kids, cut taxes, grow agriculture, and defend our Nebraska values."

“The leadership shown by Governor Pillen led us to the place where we can now witness further safeguards for children in the womb,” said Sandy Danek, Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life. 

“While this law does not go as far as any of us would have wanted, the lives it saves have an impact on Nebraska families and creates the possibility for life-affirming alternatives.” Danek referred to The Nebraska Heartbeat Act, which would have prohibited abortion after six weeks gestation. That bill was one vote short of breaking a filibuster.