Nebraska Legislature Approves Abortion-Ultrasound Bill, Model for Other States
by Steven Ertelt
May 29, 2009
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — The Nebraska legislature on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow women considering an abortion to first see an ultrasound of her unborn child. The idea behind the bill is to help women learn of the humanity of their unborn child in a way abortion centers don’t normally reveal.
With a strongly bipartisan 40-5 vote, the unicameral legislature signed off on the bill and Governor Dave Heineman has pledged to sign the measure into law.
Mary Spaulding Balch, an attorney at the National Right to Life Committee who handles state legislation, told LifeNews.com that the bill will help women and reduce abortions and that it is a model for other states.
"Ultrasound technology has made tremendous advancements and provides a window to the womb that allows mothers to see their unborn children in real time," she said.
"It is absolutely vital that a woman, at this most crucial life-and-death juncture, be provided all the information possible about the abortion procedure and the development of her unborn child. Simply put, the abortion decision cannot be undone. Women deserve all the facts," she explained.
"We will continue to work and urge other states to pass similar legislation that seeks to protect mothers and their unborn children," Balch stated.
When used in pregnancy centers, as many as 80 percent of women choose abortion alternatives instead.
Balch said the law is stronger than similar legislation in other states because it requires the abortion practitioner to display the ultrasound image in a way where the mother can easily look at the screen, if she so chooses, rather than having to request that the image be displayed.
Both NRLC and Nebraska Right to Life director Julie Schmit-Albin worked closely with senators throughout the spring legislative session to ensure that the final bill would provide valuable information to women about the development of their unborn children.
Balch thanked Sen. Tony Fulton, a Republican, for his role in shepherding the bill through the legislature.
"His hard work and dedication to mothers and their unborn children, as well as the tremendous efforts and leadership of Nebraska Right to Life, are to be commended," she said.
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.
Related web sites:
National Right to Life – https://www.nrlc.org
Ultrasound bill text – https://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Final/LB675.pdf
Nebraska Right to Life – https://www.nerighttolife.org
Nebraska Legislature – https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov
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