Gov. Ricketts discusses abortion, STEM education in Nebraska
Governor: A couple of state senators were ‘playing games’ by supporting abortion ban but not special session
LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - At his news conference Monday on STEM education, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also talked about abortion regulation and what he’d like to see in the next legislative session.
Ricketts said he is encouraging Nebraska state senators “to pass whatever restrictions they think they can get the votes to be able to get done.” He said he supports a complete ban, but that the idea was floated to change the current proposal prohibiting abortions starting at 20 weeks to banning abortion at 12 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.
“Unfortunately, we found out we had a couple of senators who were clearly playing games, who voted for the complete ban and then would not come back and work on a 12-week ban, which was just basically changing our current law from 20 weeks to 12 weeks. So, we clearly had some senators who were not being honest with their constituents on this,” Ricketts said Monday.
The governor added that those senators “will be term-limited out” and encouraged the legislature to “take more steps to protect ‘preborn’ babies again next year.”
Also discussed Monday was how to get more children interested in STEM education: science, technology, engineering, and math.
The governor says it’s part of the state’s Developing Youth Talent Initiative, which aims to forge a link between education and the private sector.
State leaders say there’s a critical need for talented professionals who possess skills in STEM and young people are especially needed to propel Nebraska industries and address the labor shortage.
“What we also see from our schools that are participating in this developing youth talent initiative, is a 15% increase in students taking those science and technical skills classes,” says Gov. Ricketts.
He adds that seeing an increase in enrollment in those courses works to make sure companies can have access to the talent they need to continue to grow in the state.
Watch Monday’s news conference
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