Nebraska Institutes Legislation To Ban Abortion Over 12 Weeks; Ban Gender Transitions And Surgeries For Youth

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Nebraska’s legislature passed the “Let Them Grow Act” Friday, banning most abortions after 12 weeks and banning transgender medical procedures for people under age 19, KETV and otheroutlets reported.

“All children deserve a chance to grow and live happy, fruitful lives. This includes pre-born boys and girls, and it includes children struggling with their gender identity,” said Nebraska Gov. Jim Pilllen (R) in a statement Friday.

“These kids deserve the opportunity to grow and explore who they are and want to be, and they can do so without making irreversible decisions that should be made when they are fully grown.”



The pro-life portion of the bill was a last minute amendment to LB 574, CNN explained. The “Let Them Grow Act” impedes most abortions after 12 weeks with exceptions for sexual assault, incest, and medical emergencies.

A similar bill which would have banned most abortions around six weeks, the “heartbeat bill,” fell one vote short of going through April 27. The abortion ban portion of LB 574 will take effect immediately if Gov. Pillen signs it.


The bill formerly addressed only gender transition medical procedures for people under age 19. Once signed into law, the bill will ban heath care providers from carrying out gender transition surgeries and providing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to youth. The part of the bill prohibiting non-surgical gender transition medical procedures for youth will go into effect October 1, if Gov. Pillen signs it.


The State Patrol brought in more officers for security purposes as hundreds of protesters crowded the Capitol Friday, the Nebraska Examiner reported.

Six people were ultimately arrested, the outlet also reported. Two of the arrestees were women who reportedly threw tampons and pads from the balcony of the legislative chamber. Two more refused to leave the viewing galleries when directed to do so. Another was arrested in the Rotunda after tangling with the Sergeant at Arms over opening a door. The last was arrested after punching a trooper.

“This is and always has been about the age of the person to make these kinds of decisions. As an adult, they have every right to, but as a child, you have to be extremely careful,” State Senator Kathleen Kauth of Omaha, a sponsor of the original bill, told the Examiner.

“I think that everyone in this body wants to protect kids. We just have different ideas about what that means.”





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