The governor of Nebraska has promised to veto LB 199, an important pro-life measure recently passed by the Nebraska legislature. But we aren’t giving up! The legislature has rescheduled its final session to make a vote on veto override possible. All it takes is the support of 30 senators.
LB 199 would restore prenatal care funding for low-income families; the funding was cut six years ago. Anti-immigration groups are opposing the bill because it would fund prenatal care for unborn babies conceived by illegal immigrants. As if babies have any control over who conceives them! Opponents argue that the provision of prenatal care will cause Nebraska to become a “magnet” for illegal immigrants. Supporters of LB 199 point out that there’s no evidence of that from the earlier period in which Nebraska funded this care. Even if it were a legitimate concern, however, it pales in comparison to the concerns over increased abortions, premature births, and pregnancy complications. As the Endowment for Human Development points out, lifelong health begins in the womb.
Nebraska Right to Life, immigration groups, and anti-poverty groups have formed a coalition to make LB 199 law. Even if you don’t live in Nebraska, please email one or more state senators! It only takes a minute of your time, and it could have a major impact: the anti-poverty organization Nebraska Appleseed reports that senators supportive of LB 199 are “under a good deal of pressure” from the anti-immigration lobby.