Thursday, April 15, 2010
There are two bills underway in Nebraska that could severely limit a woman's access to abortion.
The first would require doctors to screen women for possible mental and physical problems before performing abortions for them. Doctors or other health professionals would have to also screen women to determine whether they were pressured into having abortions (are they going to start screening women who choose adoption or parenthood to see if they were pressured into that?) This ridiculous bill received final approval from Nebraska's "nonpartisan" legislature on Monday.
The second bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain (?!). Nebraska is one of the few states that has doctors willing to perform late-term abortions.
Both these bills would cause severe barricades for women who need reproductive services. The bills are likely to be challenged in court, and we can only hope for the best.