By Associated Press
“A group of lawmakers is pushing to make Nebraska the first state to outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the argument that the fetus might feel pain during the procedure.
Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision upholding a ban on what abortion rights opponents call partial-birth abortions, in which a fetus is partially removed from the woman’s womb and then destroyed, the Nebraska legislators are seeking to ban all late-term abortions except when the mother’s life is threatened.
If the bill were to pass — and it’s unclear it would — it would surely face a court challenge and could end up in front of the Supreme Court.” ”I would hope Nebraska wouldn’t become the new ground zero for this, but there appears to be a number of people in the Legislature that are pushing this issue,” said Janet Crepps of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which opposes the legislation.
Crepps said Nebraska’s proposed law would be unconstitutional and is a blatant attempt to get the abortion issue back before the Supreme Court, which established in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that a woman has the constitutional right to an abortion“