State of Nebraska Archives: on Abortion


Ben Sasse: Defend the sanctity of life

Life begins at conception and ends at natural death. We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and defend the sanctity of life. Ben believes that we have made tremendous progress in the pro life movement, but that even one abortion is too many.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" Nov 14, 2013

Bob Kerrey: Government should stay out of abortion decision

KERREY: I trust women to make that decision. It's a difficult decision. There are a lot better ways to reduce the number of abortions than to regulate women. I think the government should stay out of it.

FISCHER: I am pro-life and I believe in the sanctity of life. I do believe there should be an exception for the life of the mother.

Source: 2012 Nebraska Senate debate excerpts Sep 28, 2012

Bob Kerrey: Trust women rather than regulating half the population

On abortion, Kerrey said, "I trust women to make that decision." He said it makes no sense to call for the deregulation of business and the regulation of the half of the population who are women.

"I am pro-life," Fischer declared. She said the only exception she approves of is the life of the mother. She did not include exceptions for incest or rape. Fischer distanced herself from Missouri's Todd Akin's controversial comments about women's bodies being able to reject pregnancy as a result of rape.

Source: Grand Island Independent on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate Sep 28, 2012

Deb Fischer: I believe in the sanctity of life

KERREY: I trust women to make that decision. It's a difficult decision. There are a lot better ways to reduce the number of abortions than to regulate women. I think the government should stay out of it.

FISCHER: I am pro-life and I believe in the sanctity of life. I do believe there should be an exception for the life of the mother.

Source: 2012 Nebraska Senate debate excerpts Sep 28, 2012

Deb Fischer: Exception for life of mother but not incest nor rape

On abortion, Kerrey said, "I trust women to make that decision."

"I am pro-life," Fischer declared. She said the only exception she approves of is the life of the mother. She did not include exceptions for incest or rape. Fischer distanced herself from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments about women's bodies being able to reject pregnancy as a result of rape.

Source: Grand Island Independent on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate Sep 28, 2012

Deb Fischer: Look at the record: Opposes abortion

Following a question from a debate panelist asking each candidate to describe what weaknesses of the other two candidates that could be exploited by the Kerrey campaign during the general election campaign, Fischer declined to name any weaknesses she sees in her opponents and instead touted her own record as a state lawmaker who has supported tax relief and opposed abortion.
Source: AP in The Republic on 2012 Nebraska Senate debates May 1, 2012

Dave Heineman: Signs informed consent Legislation

LB 594 and LB 1103 represent important legislation for Nebraska. LB 594 updates Nebraska's informed consent law to help ensure any patient seeking an abortion is doing so voluntarily. It adds provisions to state statute to ensure physicians and medical providers take into account potential risk factors, as well as any potential for physical or mental complications. The bill also outlines a civil process that will be available to any woman who feels she was not properly informed of those risks.
Source: 2010 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release Apr 13, 2010

Steven Larrick: No government control over a woman’s body

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Supports embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?

A: Yes.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Mike Johanns: No new embryonic stem cell lines, but existing research ok

Q: Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?

A: No. While I do not support research on new embryonic stem cell lines, I support President Bush’s policy to limit research on existing embryonic stem cell lines because it prevents the destruction of new embryos for the purpose of federally funded research.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Mike Johanns: Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice

I ask the Legislature to make a bold commitment to honor the life of the unborn. I, like many in our state, was saddened by the US Supreme Court decision striking down Nebraska’s law banning partial-birth abortion. My review of this decision tells me that until there is a change on the Court, there is no meaningful hope of ending this barbaric practice.

However, we are not powerless in this area, I ask you to strengthen parental notification by sending legislation introduced by Senator Quandahl to my desk for signature. And in every way possible, I ask you to help me promote adoption as an alternative to abortion. In addition, I repeat my commitment to sign into law a ban on the use of fetal cells in research that are derived from elective abortion. I also ask you to pass fetal homicide legislation for my signature as other states have done.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

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