Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he will call a special session to pass total abortion ban if Roe is overturned

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he will call a special session to pass total abortion ban if Roe is overturned

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska said Sunday that he will call a special session of his state’s legislature to pass a total ban on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this term.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too,” Ricketts told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked if he thought the state should require a young girl who was raped to carry the pregnancy to term. “If Roe v. Wade, which is a horrible constitutional decision, gets overturned by the Supreme Court, which we’re hopeful of, here in Nebraska, we’re going to take further steps to protect those preborn babies.”

“Including in the case of rape or incest?” Bash asked. To which the governor replied: “They’re still babies, too. Yes.”

Ricketts said that in case Roe falls, “I will work with our speaker of the legislature to work on a special session and do more to protect preborn babies. We’ll have to wait and see what that decision is before we can take further steps, but that would certainly be my intention.”

The governor’s comments come as the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Earlier this month, a leaked draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito indicated that the court was poised to reverse Roe in a case concerning a Mississippi abortion law that would ban abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Ricketts, who is term-limited as governor, also weighed in on last week’s Republican primary in the race to succeed him, a contest that saw his pick beat former President Donald Trump’s choice.

Ricketts supported University of Nebraska Board of Regents member Jim Pillen, while Trump backed businessman Charles Herbster. Herbster is currently facing allegations of sexual misconduct by eight women but he has denied the allegations [CNN].

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