Nebraska governor scraps special session for 12-week abortion ban due to lack of support

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Monday reversed his plan to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a 12-week abortion ban after an insufficient number of lawmakers indicated they would support such a measure.

Ricketts had vowed to call the special session after the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaked, but the governor said on Monday, months after the actual decision dropped, he received a letter from the state speaker revealing a vote would not have the 33 state senators needed for passage.

“It is deeply saddening that only 30 Nebraska state senators are willing to come back to Lincoln this fall in order to protect innocent life,” the governor said in a statement, which comes less than a week after voters in neighboring Kansas rejected a ballot initiative that would have allowed its lawmakers to restrict abortion.

“The proposal to change Nebraska’s state law that prohibits abortions starting at 20 weeks and reduce that to 12 weeks is a measured, reasonable step to protect more preborn babies in our state,” Ricketts added.

After the Supreme Court earlier this summer overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, rejecting a constitutional right to abortion, red states saw a flurry of activity seeking to restrict the procedure.

Some states had previously passed so-called trigger laws that automatically implemented abortion restrictions following the court’s ruling, while Republican leaders in other states, like Nebraska, promised to call special legislative sessions to quickly pass new restrictions.

“I ask all Nebraskans who are pro-life to look at the list of state senators who signed the letter,” Ricketts said, urging residents to call their lawmakers.

Indiana’s governor on Friday signed a near-total ban on the procedure, the first state to approve abortion restrictions following the court’s ruling.

The law will take effect on Sept. 15 and includes exceptions in cases of rape, incest, protecting the health of the mother or when the fetus has a lethal anomaly. Abortions would also be permitted up to 10-weeks post-fertilization.

In Nebraska, patients must receive counseling designed to discourage them from having an abortion and wait 24 hours before undergoing the procedure, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion nonprofit.

“Most of the free world has more reasonable abortion laws than Nebraska,” Ricketts said. 

“Over 75 percent of countries around the world have placed restrictions on abortion at 12 weeks,” he continued. “Our 20-week abortion ban puts us in line with a narrow ten percent of countries — including countries like North Korea and China — that fail to protect preborn babies.”

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Fulton County DA catches Giuliani lying about being unable to travel, offers free bus or train trip

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office is calling bullshit on Rudy Giuliani’s claims that a recent medical procedure prevents him from traveling to Georgia and testifying before a special grand jury about his involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Giuliani’s legal team claims he can’t respond to a subpoena because a “recent invasive procedure” following a “complex artery diagnosis” means getting on a plane would be medically inadvisable. Yet District Attorney Fani Williams found multiple instances of Giuliani seeing the world despite his legal team’s assertions.

According to Williams’ response, Giuliani “purchased multiple airline tickets with cash, including tickets to Rome, Italy and Zurich Switzerland, for travel dates ranging between July 22, 2022 and July 29, 2022. All of these dates were after [his] medical procedure.” It’s anyone’s guess how Williams’ office obtained that information, but even more puzzling is Giuliani potentially forking over thousands in cash for plane tickets if not for the sake of the purchase going undetected by the likes of Williams.

Williams suggested getting Giuliani to Georgia by bus, which sounds like the stereotypical hell one would experience on a Greyhound. More appealingly, she suggested Giuliani could also make it to Fulton County by train. Not only would Giuliani being reducing his carbon footprint on this trip but Amtrak may actually be enticing enough to compel Giuliani to take Williams’ office up on a fully paid for ticket. After all, the passenger train does include a bar car.

Giuliani is not only an outspoken Trump ally who’s fully bought into election fraud theories and pushed Trump’s lies to a degree few can rival, but he’s also a prolific booze hound. Giuliani’s drunkenness was recently highlighted during a Jan. 6 committee hearing in which members of the Trump campaign detailed Giuliani’s 2020 election night drunkenness culminating in the former New York City mayor pushing for Trump to declare the presidential election stolen from the then-president. He’s denied being drunk during a speech commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks that, well, sounded like he’d made his remarks while intoxicated. He’s also said he’s pretty sure he’s never done an interview drunk before, but who can say?

To Giuliani, I say: Take Williams up on the ticket. And maybe set a new personal record for yourself and participate in the Fulton County investigation while completely shit-hammered. Not many people can say they’ve stood before a grand jury slurring their words while also trying to avoid incrimination. If anyone can do it, though, it’s America’s Mayor.

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