NE Attorney General Accepts Permanent Stay on Abortion Screening Law

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced yesterday that he will not attempt to defend the state’s new abortion screening law. Bruning has accepted a permanent federal injunction on enforcement of the law, which required women to submit to a full medical screening before seeking an abortion, according to the Associated Press. Brunings’s office announced that the court proceedings would be too costly for a case that they believed they are unlikely to win. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska law in late June, arguing that it was unconstitutionally vague, violated a physician’s right to free speech, and created insurmountable barriers for women seeking abortions. Nebraska Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood in July. The law (see PDF), was signed by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman in April. State Senator Cap Dierks, the law’s sponsor in the legislature, has vowed to bring a similar piece of legislation forward next year, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “If we can make the bill take care of the unconstitutionally vague language that they talk about, I’m glad to try that,” Dierks said.


Associated Press 8/18/10; Omaha World Herald 8/19/10; Feminist Newswire 6/30/10

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