Prominent Nebraska abortion opponent and state Right to Life Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin has died. Schmit-Albin passed after a battle with cancer on Saturday, one day short of her 64th birthday. She is survived by her husband of 40 years John, four children, and one grandchild.
The Nebraska Right to Life board unanimously named Sandy Danek, president of the board for the past decade, as interim executive director.
Schmit-Albin had led the group since 1989 and was a key part of passing a number of anti-abortion laws in the state, including one earlier this month.
. A recent Nebraska legislative proclamation in her honor said Schmit-Albin was “fearfully respected” as a lobbyist and political advocate and a woman of keen knowledge, vast experience and far-reaching memory.
Lt Governor and former state senator Mike Foley calls her “a tenacious advocate for vulnerable, unborn children,” adding that he will “always admire her willingness to stand strong and accept the slings and arrows that came her way as she carried out her mission in life with such dignity and resolve.”
Nebraska U-S Senator Ben Sasse says Schmit-Albin “dedicated her life to defending the unborn and speaking for the weakest among us,” while Deb Fischer, the state’s other U-S Senator, calls her “a principled leader who never stopped standing tall for our Nebraska values.”