Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scary new anti-choice legislation in Nebraska  


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.

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6 comments: to “ Scary new anti-choice legislation in Nebraska

  • April 17, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

    I hate this. I feel like even though abortion isn't federally illegal, individual states are just going to chip away at the options until there's nothing left. I cannot get over the fact that people put fetal rights before the rights of a fully developed female member of society.

  • April 19, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

    I think this bills has s positive point to it. Women can be pressured by their parents, friends, significant other, and society to get an abortion. What if she really didn't want an abortion? Wouldn't you feel comfort in one person saying, "You want to keep the baby, so keep it!" Instead of going through with it because everyone else is telling you to. I think it should not be required, however, to go through the physical and mental examination. Getting an abortion really does come down to what the individual wants and chooses to do.

  • April 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

    To start off, I'm against abortion. Although, I'm not exactly sure if I agree with the first part of this bill. This would just make the process of abortion longer and more expensive. If abortion was just banned overall, we wouldn't have to make these rules about abortion. If you're not responsible you will pay the price. There's always the choice of adoption which in my view is better than abortion. ALl in all, I don't agree with Nebraska's new bills.

  • April 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

    Abortion is one issue that is hard to take a stand on. Ending the life of a potential human being before it even starts sounds bad, however, IT IS a woman's body and nobody should be forced to have a baby if they don't want it. Its one of life's impossible dilemma's, which is why the decision should be made carefully. That being said, at the end of the day the decision is the woman's. Counseling and things like that should be required, just so women don't make decisions they will regret, but this new law is going too far. I feel like the cost and the time limit are all there to discourage women and in a way force them not to get an abortion. In my opinion it is violating a woman's rights and it should be terminated.

  • April 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

    WOW! Pressure is something everyone deals with in society on a daily basis. However the pressure to make decisions concerning your own body is unhealthy in my opinion. This bill is correct to place question on the reasoning for a woman seeking an abortion. However, scrutinizing her decisions and situation is unhealthy and uncalled for. Approaching the issue of influenced abortion should be done in a healthy fashion. I feel like with this sort of system women will be pressured into CHANGING a decision they have already made. Women deserve the right to make choices and not have them questioned. this bill has some points of validity, however it is difficult to say that is is an over all beneficial motion to put in action.

  • April 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

    It should always be a woman's choice, it is their body.. although it is unfortunate that some women take advantage of the system, that shouldn't mean that it should ruin it for others, and allow states to push bills that slowly take rights away from women.