Nebraska soon may be able to pass legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion after Tuesday election results show Republicans winning a filibuster-proof majority in the state legislature.

Although Republicans currently control the state legislature, they fell a few votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overcome a filibuster and pass pro-life legislation this year.

Now, they may have those votes. The Grand Island Independent reports election results Wednesday morning show Republicans gaining enough seats in the Nebraska Legislature to overcome a filibuster.

Some votes are still being counted, but both the Independent and the Nebraska Examiner predict Republicans will win, creating a filibuster-proof majority in 2023.

According to the Examiner, Republican candidate Merv Riepe defeated Democrat candidate Robin Richards in a closely-watched race, flipping the Omaha-area seat to Republican.

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Here’s more from the report:

If late vote counts don’t change the results, the GOP would gain one seat, obtaining a 33-vote supermajority in the Unicameral Legislature.

That could give Republicans the power to pass several conservative initiatives that had been blocked by filibusters in the past. Those include bills to ban or further restrict abortion, allow carrying of concealed weapons without a state permit or training, and provide a state tax break for contributions to private schools.

Voters also elected a new pro-life Republican governor, Jim Pillen, who has described protecting unborn babies from abortion as a “moral and economic imperative” in Nebraska.

“Abortion is murder and as a pro-life state the majority of Nebraskans recognize that we need to outlaw it,” Pillen said in April, according to KFOR Now. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful with conservative leadership in a pro-life state, that we stop abortion? Just where would we be if we didn’t slaughter 220,000 babies in the last 49 years?” he added in February speech.

Some Nebraska cities already protect unborn babies by banning abortions. On Tuesday, voters in Wallace, Hershey, Brady, Paxton and Arnold approved ordinances that protect unborn babies by banning abortions within their limits.

Mark Lee Dickson, founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn initiative, said Nebraska now has eight municipalities that protect unborn babies from abortion, thanks to the votes Tuesday.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, 13 states now are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and others are fighting in court to do the same.

New research estimates up to 10,000 unborn babies already have been saved from abortion since these laws went into effect this summer, and hundreds of thousands more are expected to be saved from death in the coming years.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable.

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