Now, on Nebraska's books is a law saying that doctors will be charged with a felony if they perform abortions after 20 weeks, since at that stage there is "substantial evidence that an unborn child has the physical structures necessary to experience pain."
In the past, the Supreme Court has only weighed in on the viability issue - that is, when can a fetus survive outside the womb? The fetal pain issue is different because it's now possible the High Court could subscribe to the argument that if a fetus feels pain, that would be justification for banning abortions.
Pro-choice groups have concluded the law is unconstitutional because it bans abortions before fetal viability, which is generally considered to begin at 24 weeks, not 20 weeks like the Nebraska bill.
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