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RELEASE: Nebraska Medical Professionals Turn-In 205,344 Signatures for Protect Women and Children’s Constitutional Ballot Measure

July 3, 2024

LINCOLN, Neb. – Only 97 days after launching, the Protect Women and Children Initiative turned in 205,344 signatures from all 93 Nebraska counties. The petition effort was driven by more than 1,200 volunteer signature collectors from across the state. Constitutional ballot measures require the signatures of 10 percent of registered voters, or approximately 123,000 signatures. Ballot measures also require the qualification of 38 counties by collecting signatures from 5% of voters in the county. The submission by Protect Women and Children qualified 91 counties.

The goal of Protect Women and Children was to offer voters a ballot initiative proposing a Nebraska constitutional amendment to safeguard women's health care with clear, commonsense abortion restrictions, and exceptions in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.

"Except when a woman seeks an abortion necessitated by a medical emergency or when the pregnancy results from sexual assault or incest, unborn children shall be protected from abortion in the second and third trimesters."

The Protect Women and Children Nebraska Committee is comprised of four medical professionals: Mark Patefield, Pharm.D., a Laurel pharmacist and member of the Nebraska State Board of Health; Elizabeth Peterson, R.N.; Jan Kuehn, retired R.N.; Maureen Bausch, retired R.N.

The Protect Women and Children Nebraska Committee jointly released the following statement:

"Voters are excited to have a sensible alternative that reflects Nebraskan’s commonsense approach to limits on abortion, protects women's health and relationship with their doctors, and preserves parental notification requirements that save lives and protect vulnerable minors.”

Paid for by Protect Women and Children, 1317 Q St., Ste. 110, PMB 287, Lincoln, NE 68508.
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