Nebraska’s Legislature passed the “Let Them Grow Act”, which banned most abortions after 12 weeks, and transgender medical treatments for those under 19 years old.
All children should have the chance to live happy and fruitful lives. Nebraska Governor Jim Pilllen said, “This includes pre-born girls and boys as well as children who struggle with their gender identities.” Jim Pilllen (R) in a statement Friday.
These kids should have the chance to explore and grow into who they want to be. They can do this without having to make irreversible choices that they would only be able to make when they were fully grown.
CNN explained that the pro-life part of the bill is a last-minute amendment to LB574. The “Let Them Grow Act”, which restricts abortions to 12 weeks or less, has exceptions such as sexual assault, incest, and medical emergencies.
The “heartbeat” bill, a similar bill that would have banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, fell short by one vote on April 27. If Gov. Pillen signs it, the abortion ban section of LB 574 would take effect immediately. Pillen signs it.
Originally, the bill only addressed gender transition medical procedures for those under 19 years of age. The bill, once it is signed into law will prohibit healthcare providers from performing any gender transition surgery or providing cross-sex hormones and puberty blocks to youth. If Gov. Pillen signs it, the section of the bill that bans non-surgical gender transformation medical procedures for children will go into effect on October 1. Pillen signs it.
Nebraska Examiner reported that the State Patrol added officers to the Capitol security force as hundreds of protesters filled the building on Friday.
The outlet reported that six people were arrested in the end. Two arrestees are women who, according to reports, tampons or pads were thrown from the balcony in the legislative chamber. Two others refused to leave viewing galleries after being told to. One was arrested after a scuffle with the Sergeant of Arms in the Rotunda over the opening of a door. The third was arrested for punching a police officer.
As always, it has been a matter of age. As an adult, they have the right, but as a kid, you need to be very careful,” said State Senator Kathleen Kauth, of Omaha, who sponsored the original bill.
I think everyone in this group wants to protect children. “We just have different interpretations of what that means.”
Below, you can watch KETV’s coverage of people protesting against the “Let Them Grow Act”, including shouting, blocking sidewalks, and battling with law enforcement officers.