Nebraska Senator Makes Bill Allowing Women a Pre-Abortion Ultrasound a Priority
by Steven Ertelt
March 13, 2009
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — The Nebraska unicameral legislature allows every senator a chance to make one piece of a legislation a priority for the session. This guarantees the bill will receive a debate and vote and Senator Beau McCoy decided the pro-life bill allowing a woman contemplating an abortion to see an ultrasound first is his top choice.
McCoy, of Elkhorn, says the Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child/Ultrasound bill, LB 675, is the measure he wants to make sure the legislature considers.
The legislation gives women an opportunity to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before making the decision to have an abortion. When used in pregnancy centers, as many as 80 percent of women choose abortion alternatives instead.
The bill has received a hearing in the Judiciary Committee, held earlier this month, and awaits a vote to move it to the floor for full debate.
Julie Schmit-Albin, the executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, told LifeNews.com on Friday she is elated the bill received McCoy’s priority status label.
"We appreciate that Senator Beau McCoy saw the need to prioritize" the pro-life bill. "Priority status will help to bring the bill out of committee and onto the floor for eventual passage this session."
"LB 675 bumps ultrasound legislation up a notch to ensure that mothers truly get to make the decision whether or not to look at the ultrasound screen and see their developing child at least one hour prior to an abortion," the Nebraska pro-life leader added.
LB 675 has 14 co-sponsors, including Sen. McCoy, and they include Senators Mike Flood; Mike Friend, Chris Langemeier, Arnie Stuthman, Pete Pirsch, Deb Fischer, Abbie Cornett, Scott Price, Mark Christensen, Scott Lautenbaugh, Charlie Janssen,Tom Carlson, and Ken Schilz.
If passed, Legislative Bill 675 "will be one of the strongest ultrasound laws in the country," Albin says.
"LB 675 provides that an abortionist doing an ultrasound an hour prior to an abortion must display the ultrasound screen to the mother, so that she is fully informed," she adds.
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