Neb. adopts strong abortion ultrasound law
Nebraska has enacted what is being described as one of the country's
strongest ultrasound bills for women considering abortion.
The single-chamber Nebraska legislature voted 40-5 May 29 for the
legislation, and Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, signed the measure
into law the same day.
What sets apart the new Nebraska law from other states is its
requirement when an ultrasound is performed that an abortion doctor
display the image for the mother to see rather than requiring the woman
to ask for the sonogram to be shown, according to the National Right to
Life Committee (NRLC). Under the law, the mother can choose whether to
view the image.
The law also requires an abortion provider to inform the woman
considering abortion of the medical risks of the procedure and the
estimated age of the unborn child. In addition, it mandates she be told
she cannot be forced to choose an abortion and that assistance is
available if she decides to give birth.
"It is absolutely vital that a woman, at this most crucial
life-and-death juncture, be provided all the information possible about
the abortion procedure and the development of her unborn child," said
Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life's state legislative
director. "Simply put, the abortion decision cannot be undone. Women
deserve all the facts."
Eighteen other states have ultrasound laws, according to National Right
Nebraska's legislature is non-partisan.
Contact: Tom Strode
Source: Baptist Press
Date: June 3, 2009
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