Abortion rights backers block ‘trigger’ law in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters have scored a surprising victory in Nebraska, derailing a bill that would have automatically outlawed abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its Roe v. Wade decision.

The vote on Wednesday frustrated abortion-rights opponents, who usually win fights over the issue in Nebraska’s conservative Legislature.

More than a dozen other conservative states have passed similar measures already, but abortion-rights supporters in Nebraska managed to block it using a filibuster in the single-chamber Legislature.

Lawmakers fell two votes short of the 33 they needed to end the filibuster and force a vote on the bill. The 31-15 vote left the proposal essentially dead for the rest of the year.

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