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Monday, July 26, 2010

Nebraska abortion law may need to be reworked, AG says

A new abortion law requiring health screening for women wanting abortions in Nebraska may be flawed enough that Attorney General Jon Bruning won't exhaust all legal options to try to keep it on the books.

Bruning said Friday he is considering whether it is worth the time and expense to defend the law through what could be a lengthy appeals process, or whether a new bill should be drafted instead.

"Despite the fact I'm very pro-life, I need to be realistic in utilizing the legal resources of the state," Bruning said.

The director of a group that is challenging the screening law that lawmakers passed early this year said that Bruning's comments, combined with a federal judge's decision last week to block the law, could prevent other states from considering such a measure. It would require women wanting abortions to be screened by doctors or other health professionals to determine if they had risk factors, cited in medical journals, indicating if they could have mental or physical problems after an abortion.

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