Pansing Brooks tells Vice President she will fight to protect abortion rights | Regional government

Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, the Democratic candidate in November’s rematch with Republican Congressman-elect Mike Flood of Norfolk, told Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday that she and other abortion rights supporters women will continue to “fight with passion and determination”. To protect them.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights guaranteed in its Roe v. Wade’s 1973 would return women “to the dark ages,” Pansing Brooks said during a meeting in Washington with the vice president and a number of other state legislative leaders called in to discuss steps to take. take following the court’s decision.

The decision “sowed fear, sadness and rage”, Pansing Brooks said.

“The government doesn’t deserve a seat at my daughter’s exam table,” she said.

“And banning abortions doesn’t end them,” she said.

Harris met with lawmakers from Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana in a session that was streamed live online.

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A White House announcement said guest lawmakers are “fighting on the front lines to protect reproductive rights.”

Harris described the court’s decision as “unthinkable” and said it “takes away a constitutional right from American women.”

Although still uncertain, the Nebraska Legislature may be called into a special session by Governor Pete Ricketts later this year to consider legislation banning abortion in the state following the court ruling.

Pansing Brooks, whose term will be limited to the end of the year, would participate in the extraordinary session.

Last month, Pansing Brooks lost a special campaign contest with Flood called to determine who will serve the remaining six months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s term representing eastern Nebraska’s 1st congressional district.

Flood and Pansing Brooks will meet again in the November 8 general election ballot as their party’s candidates for another two-year term starting next January.

Flood will be sworn in at House headquarters on Tuesday.

Fortenberry resigned following his conviction for lying to federal officials about illegal foreign contributions to his 2016 re-election campaign.

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