NE: Pillen signs 12-week abortion ban, limits on gender-affirming care for minors

Source: SFGate

“Republican Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed a bill Monday that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and restricts gender-affirming medical care for people younger than 19. The abortion ban takes effect immediately, while the ban on gender-affirming care takes effect on Oct. 1. The hybrid measure ties together restrictions that Republicans have pursued across the U.S. Pillen called the law ‘the most significant win for social conservative agenda in over a generation of Nebraska’ before he signed the law while holding a 5-day-old baby as his two oldest granddaughters stood next to him. ‘It’s about protecting our kids and saving babies. Pure and simple,’ Pillen said. Opponents have promised to sue to try and block the law. The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Mindy Rush Chipman, said in a statement that ‘every option is on the table to undo these regressive measures.'” (05/22/23)