VICTORY: NE 12-Week Protection Signed

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2023
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Nebraska is Second State in a Week to Establish New Lifesaving Law  

– Gov. Jim Pillen today signed a measure to protect life 10 weeks sooner and eliminate elective painful, late-term abortions in Nebraska. The 12-week protection that saves babies at the point when their hearts have beat over 10 million times goes into effect immediately.  The law includes rape, incest and life of the mother exceptions.

SBA Pro-Life America’s Western Regional Director Adam Schwend celebrated Nebraska’s progress:

“Nebraska has taken a significant step forward for life. Three hundred lives will be protected each year through the Let Them Grow Act. Each of these children will bless countless others by being a son or daughter, grandchild, friend, classmate and colleague, and Nebraska will be better off through the lives they will be allowed to live.

“Gov. Pillen is a bold pro-life leader who does not waver in the face of adversity or vocal minority opposition. We thank the Governor and the 33 legislators who showed the resolve to get this legislation to the finish line, with special thanks to Sen. Albrecht, Sen. Hansen and Sen. Kauth. This law marks progress in Nebraska where we will continue the fight for life.”

By 12 weeks’ gestation, all major organs have formed. At this stage, babies suck their thumbs and already have a right-hand or left-hand preference. Prominent facial features including the nose, cheeks, eyes and ears are recognizable; teeth are developing; and the body responds to touch. For more information on fetal development, see Charlotte Lozier Institute’s “12 Facts at 12 Weeks.”

Last week, North Carolina also established a 12-week protection when the General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the bill includes rape, incest and life of the mother exceptions. The South Carolina House on Wednesday passed a heartbeat bill and is one vote away from reaching Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk.


Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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