Thursday, February 25, 2010
Nebraska Holds Hearing on "Fetal Pain" Measure Banning Later Pre-Viability Abortions
I testified today in opposition to Nebraska LB 1103, which would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, and which contains only a very narrow health exception. The ban is unconstitutional because, as the sponsor readily admits, it prohibits abortions before the fetus is viable. Moreover, its extremely narrow exception unconstitutionally endangers women's health. Leslie Griffin (University of Houston Law Center) also testified against the bill, while Teresa Stanton Collett (University of St. Thomas Law School) testified in support. Nebraska has the country's only unicameral legislature, so this will be the only hearing on the bill.
Here is AP coverage of the hearing.
The bill's history and text is available here (click on "Introduced Copy" for text).