Nebraska Lawmakers Send Bill for Ultrasound Before Abortion to Second Reading
by Steven Ertelt
May 14, 2009
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — Nebraska lawmakers on Thursday send a bill that would allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion is done to a second reading debate and vote. The unicameral legislature voted 37-5 to move the bill ahead after the Judiciary Committee signed off on LB 675 last month.
Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff hopes the bill will help lower the number of abortions in the state by allowing a woman considering an abortion a chance to see the humanity of their unborn child.
"Abortion is an irrevocable decision that’s just loaded with future emotional and psychological scars for a woman," he said during the debate, according to AP.
Sen. Danielle Nantkes of Lincoln, Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha, and Sen. Amanda McGill opposed allowing women to know more about the development of their unborn child and they claimed the bill was about pushing a political agenda.
Julie Schmit-Albin, the executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, has been strongly supporting the measure.
"LB 675 will ensure that an ultrasound of a pregnant woman’s unborn child will be on display at least one hour prior to an abortion, giving the mother the opportunity to view her unborn child on the screen if she so chooses," she told LifeNews.com previously.
"LB 675 puts the responsibility back on the abortionist where it belongs; ensuring that the ultrasound screen is displayed in such a manner that the mother can make the decision to look or not look at the screen," said Schmit-Albin. "This is an improvement over the current system where abortionists claim they offer the mother the option to view her child, but may not be displaying the screen towards her."
Senator Beau McCoy made the Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child/Ultrasound bill a priority for the session so it would have a chance for a debate and vote.
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.
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.
"If passed, LB 675 would ensure that the mother, at least one hour prior to the abortion, has a window to the womb. She should be given every opportunity to see her baby and reject the abortion at that point," she said.
ACTION: Ask your member of the legislature to support the abortion-ultrasound bill. Go to https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov
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