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Tuesday
Nov272012

Nebraska Right to Life Group Pushes for Ultrasound Images on State Website

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The anti-abortion group Nebraska Right to Life is pushing for the passage of legislation in the state that would require that so-called 4-D ultrasound images of an unborn fetus be posted on a Nebraska state website.

The state of Kansas already shows these types of ultrasound images — which are highly detailed and show more lifelike images than earlier ultrasounds — on its Health Department website under its “Woman’s Right to Know” law.  The push in Nebraska was first reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.

Nebraska law already requires that a woman receive an ultrasound before having an abortion in the state, and that a doctor display the images on a screen so that the woman can see them easily. LB 675, known as the “Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child Ultrasound Bill,” passed the Nebraska state legislature in 2009 by a margin of 4 to 5. This new legislation would go a step further by requiring that the images be placed online as well.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Nebraska Right to Life has been in contact with Kansas for Life, the group that helped champion the passage of Kansas’ law requiring 4-D images on a state website.

Requests for comment from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the division of Planned Parenthood that covers Nebraska, were not immediately returned.

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Monday
Mar142011

Nebraska Mother Denied Abortion Even as Uterus Crushed Fetus

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(GRAND ISLE, Neb.) -- Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing fetus slowly would be crushed by the uterus walls.

"What we learned from the perinatologist was that because there was no cushion, she couldn't move her arms and legs because of contractures," said Deaver, a 34-year-old nurse from Grand Isle, Nebraska.  "And her face and head would be deformed because the uterus pushed down so hard."

After having had three miscarriages, Deaver and her husband, Robb Deaver, looked for every medical way possible to save the baby.  Deaver's prior pregnancy ended the same way at 15 weeks, and doctors induced her to spare the pain.

But this time, when the couple sought the same procedure, doctors could not legally help them.

Just one month earlier, Nebraska had enacted the nation's first fetal pain legislation, banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation.  So the Deavers had to wait more than a week to deliver baby Elizabeth, who died after just 15 minutes.

Abortion opponents have hailed the law, and legislators in 12 other states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oregon -- are considering similar restrictions.

They say the law is based on medical evidence gained since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that led to legalized abortion in 1973.  But abortion rights advocates say the motive behind the laws is to challenge legalized abortion in the United States Supreme Court.

In her case, Danielle Deaver insisted, "We didn't want an abortion."

She said her doctors consulted attorneys about exceptions in the law because of the risk of infection that might destroy her chances of ever getting pregnant again.

"What we wanted," she said, "was our labor induced so that I would go into labor and give birth to her and the outcome of her life would not have been different."

"My health was at risk, as well," she added.  "We decided going forward it [premature labor] would be inevitable and we wanted nature to take its course.  We were told we couldn't do that."´╗┐

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Saturday
Jan292011

Nebraska Eyes 'Power Hour,' Excessive Drinking Ban

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Nebraska lawmakers are aiming to kill the buzz for excessive drinkers across the state.

Legislators are considering a bill that would ban so-called power-hour drinking on 21st birthdays. At the same time, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission has proposed a ban on high-risk drinking games and promotions.

LB294 in the Nebraska Legislature, introduced by Sen. Russ Karpisek, would prohibit alcohol sales immediately after midnight to people on their 21st birthday. The other measure being considered would ban games and promotions such as beer pong and “bladder busters” that encourage intoxication in bars.
 
The target of both measures is binge drinking, which the United Health Foundation defines as five drinks for a male and four for a female in one sitting. According to the nonprofit agency, the Cornhusker state has the sixth-worst drinking record in the country, with 18.5 percent of the state population age 18 and older regularly binge drinking. The national average is 15.7 percent.

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