OMAHA, Neb. – A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions because the measure could have made it impossible to get an abortion in the state.
U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction against the law, which was supposed to take effect Thursday. The order will prevent the state from enforcing the law until the lawsuit challenging it is decided.
Planned Parenthood said the law could be difficult to comply with and requires doctors to give information irrelevant to abortions.
State officials have said it is designed to make sure women understand the risks and complications that may accompany an abortion.
Answer by DEpley at 2:32 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
I agree with the judge. This is a slippery slope. You may not agree with abortion, but it the government can determine that you need to get a psychological evaluation for a medical procedure, what's to stop them from requiring it of all procedures? It's a lot of money and had the potential to take away our freedom of choice (whether it be for abortion or breast implants). I agree that there should be counseling available after abortions if the patient chooses to accept that help. Requiring it is where I draw the line. JMO.
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:26 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
Answer by UpSheRises at 1:49 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
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Answer by older at 1:23 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
Answer by older at 1:24 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
I get the intent but I have to say I have to go with the slippery slope. However I DO think they should get an U/S and understand EXACTLY what the baby looks like and has grown (organs, features ect) at the point at which they want to have an abortion so they know EXACTLY what they are doing. If they STILL want to then of COURSE it's their CHOICE....but it should b a fully INFORMED choice!
Answer by momof030404 at 1:32 PM on Jul. 14, 2010
Answer by UpSheRises at 2:03 PM on Jul. 14, 2010