Nebraska legislature approved bill tightening abortion regulations

On April 12, 2010, Nebraska's unicameral legislature voted 40-9 to approve the Women's Health Protection Act [PDF], a bill that required an elevated level of informed consent and physician assessment of women seeking abortions in the state. The bill required physicians to ascertain whether women have been pressured by others in seeking abortions and consider additional factors that may appear in any peer-reviewed research article in the past 12 months. The state's Attorney General, Jon Bruning, agreed to a permanent injunction of the bill in August 2010, believing that the bill could not withstand judicial scrutiny. The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a preliminary injunction in July 2010 and affirmed its injunction in December 2011.

Read an overview of Reproductive Rights in Features.


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