Follow-up to the Nebraska law LB 594:
OMAHA – A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to block a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit last month challenging the new law, saying it could be difficult to comply with and could require doctors to give women information irrelevant to the procedure.
State officials have defended the law. They say the law is designed to make sure women understand the risks and complications that may accompany an abortion.
Planned Parenthood generally tells women the in-clinic procedure takes 2-3 hours from start to finish, including “a recovery period of about one hour”. The pill procedure takes significantly less time at the clinic. This new law will require doctors to evaluate their patients to ensure they can mentally endure the procedure as well as determine whether or not they have been coerced, an evaluation Planned Parenthood’s attorney Mimi Lui calls an “exhaustive review”. Ultimately, it would take more time per patient. And in an industry that boasts…
Abortions are very common. In fact, more than 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
…time is money. The evaluations would also cramp the “no big deal” style of the organization’s message. With only two federal judges in the Nebraska District (one appointed by Bill Clinton, the other by George Bush Senior), the outcome is unpredictable.by