Monday, December 31, 2007

Most Nebraska Legislators Positive to Pre-emptive Ban on Abortion

The majority of Nebraska lawmakers who responded to an Associated Press pre-session survey say they would support an effort to pre-emptively ban abortion in the event that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.

Some states have adopted or proposed so-called "trigger laws" -- either automatically banning abortion, or protecting it -- if the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to have an abortion were overturned.

Asked in the annual AP survey whether they would support such a law, 21 Nebraska state senators said they would back a trigger law banning abortion...

Six lawmakers said they would not support such a law, and three -- Sens. Bill Avery of Lincoln Ray Janssen of Nickerson, Lowen Kruse of Omaha -- indicated they would support a trigger law protecting abortion...

Twelve lawmakers declined to participate in the survey.