Nebraska Abortion Bill Remains Stalled in State Senate

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 12:31 PM

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Nebraska, one of the states at the forefront of the Republican-led national movement to limit abortions, continues to debate a bill that would require signed parental consent before a minor could have the procedure done, the Omaha World-Herald reported Wednesday.

The state already has a long-standing law that requires at least one parent be notified if a girl 17 or younger seeks an abortion.

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The new law would require minors to have written and notarized consent from a parent or guardian before a provider can perform an abortion. The minor could seek a waiver.

The proposed bill has stalled at the Senate committee level. However, backers of the legislation hope to move it along next week.

Some questioned the need for another parental notification law. But Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln said the change is as much about providing support for girls in a difficult situation as about reducing abortions.

Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said he supports the bill as a father of four daughters.

“I think parents deserve to say, ‘I consent,’” he said.

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