Legislation

NRL assisted in the passage of the following Nebraska pro-life laws:

1991 Parental Notification

Requires at least one parent to be notified before an abortion can be performed on a minor 17 years or younger. A judicial bylaw exists to allow a judge to determine if a minor can seek an abortion without parental knowledge.

1993 Informed Consent

Requireseducation be provided to a person seeking an abortion on fetal development as well as informationon public and private agencies and services available to assist a person through pregnancy, upon childbirth, and while the child is dependent. These agencies/services include adoption agencies and agencies/services available to prevent unintended pregnancies. Over the years, additional educational tools have been added to the bill, such as ultrasound being available to the mother seeking abortion and a 24-hour waiting period once information is received.

1997 Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion

Bans the abortion procedure in which the person performing the abortion partially delivers vaginally a living unborn child before killing the unborn child and completing the delivery. Soon after the law was enacted, abortionist LeRoy Carhart of Bellevue sought a challenge through the courts, citing the law was unconstitutional. It was determined unconstitutional and was later taken to the U.S. Supreme Court, Stenberg vs. Carhart. The court found it to be unconstitutional, as there were no exceptions and would place an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion. In 2003, Congress addressed the issues of the court, which led to a federal ban on this procedure.

2002 Assault on an Unborn Child Act

A person who commits the offense of assault of an unborn child during the commission of any criminal assault on a pregnant woman and recklessly causes serious bodily injury to her unborn childwould be charged with a Class I misdemeanor.

2004 Homicide of Unborn Child Act

Reclassifies manslaughter of an unborn child and 1st degree assault of an unborn child as a IIA felony. It defines murder of an unborn child in the 1st degree, murder in the second degree, manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide.

2009 Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child Ultrasound Law

Ensures a woman about to undergo an abortion has informed consent about the procedure. It stipulates the abortion facility must display the ultrasound screen to the woman, allowing her to determine whether or not she wants to see the screen. The burden will no longer be on the mother in a crisis situation to have to ask to view the screen.

2010 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

The first of its kind in the United States, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation except when the mother “has a condition which so complicates her medical condition as to necessitate the abortion of her pregnancy to avert death or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or…it is necessary to preserve the life of an unborn child.”

2011 Ban on Webcam Abortions

Extends the standard of care for abortion to provide that every abortion, whether chemical or surgical, is done by a licensed physician physically present in the same room as the pregnant woman or girl. Webcam abortions,which are done over a computer link, does not require a physician to be present at the time the chemical abortion is initiated.

2011 Parental Consent

Requires minors to provide notarized proof of consent from at least one parent or legal guardian before an abortion can be performed, except in certain medical emergencies, or unless the girl can prove her parents are abusive or that she is “sufficiently mature and well-informed” about the risks of abortion as determined by a judge.

2017 Compassionate Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act

Addresses those families who are given a diagnosis of lethal fetal anomalies. It ensures that doctors fully equip women with information on perinatal hospice care at the time of a difficult diagnosis. Parents are made aware of resources and support services to assist in coping with the challenges they face.

2018 Ending Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Governor Ricketts and the 2018 Legislature, while working with the state budget, ensured that state Title X funding would not be available to those agencies who provided and referred for abortion services.

2018 Non-viable Birth Certificates for Miscarried Children

Provides commemorative certificates to mothers who miscarry prior to the 20th week of pregnancy.  It affirms the dignity of life and humanely acknowledges the loss that a mother undergoes through miscarriage.

2019 Abortion Reversal Pill Act

Bolsters the state’s informed consent protections.  It requires doctors to direct women to information on how to reverse the abortion pill when the drug isprescribed. The chemical abortion, RU486, is a drug cocktail containing a two-pill process. Research indicates that mifepristone alone (first pill) is not always effective at ending a pregnancy. It provides information for those whomay change their mind and want to continue their pregnancy after taking mifepristone–letting them know it may not be too late.

2019 Ban on Dismemberment Abortion

Bans the use of an abortion process known as Dilation and Evacuation (D&E).  The procedure involves slowly dilating a woman’s cervix then removing the unborn baby through dismemberment.

 

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