At least six people were arrested at the Nebraska state capitol building Friday after protests broke out as lawmakers passed a bill that bans abortions after 12 weeks and restricts gender transition procedures for those under 19.
Debate was stopped briefly around 2:40 p.m. while arrests took place in a chamber balcony where those opposing the controversial bill yelled and threw what appeared to be bloody tampons onto the legislative floor. The balconies were cleared for the remainder of the debate.
Lucia Salinas, 24, and Maghie Miller-Jenkins, 36, were arrested for allegedly obstructing a government operation and disturbing the peace, the Nebraska State Patrol said in a release sent to Fox News Digital.
Mar Lee, 25, was arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace and trespassing after he refused to leave the balcony for repeatedly yelling. Danna Seevers, 56, who was on the opposite balcony for people who supported the bill, was also arrested for allegedly disobeying a lawful order when she also refused to leave, the state patrol said.
Buras was arrested for resisting arrest and trespassing after officers said he didn’t comply with orders to leave. Crawford was arrested for allegedly obstructing a peace officer.
All six were booked into the Lancaster County Jail.
Protesters at the Nebraska capitol demonstrating against the abortion and gender-affirming care bill that passed Friday. (AP Photo/Nick Ingram)
Republican Gov. Jim Pillen said he plans to sign the controversial bill that passed after Republicans got enough votes to end a filibuster.
Omaha Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh speaks during debate on the abortion and gender-affirming care bill that was passed Friday. (AP Photo/Nick Ingram)
The 12-week abortion ban has exceptions for rape and incest and the bill wouldn’t allow transgender people under 19 years old to undergo gender surgery but with few exceptions.
Nebraska currently bans abortion around 20 weeks and is one of multiple states that has recently passed abortion and transgender laws.