Thursday, January 17, 2013

Women's Right to Know: Nebraska RTL Priority Bill

Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life

LINCOLN---Nebraska Right to Life will make passage of LB 300 its priority for the 2013 Nebraksa Unicameral session. LB 300, Womens' Right to Know: 4-D Ultrasound, was introduced today by Senator Bob Krist of District 10 from Omaha.

"Nebraska's public policy since 1993 provides women with informed consent information prior to abortion. We thank Senator Krist for his desire to improve and expand upon that information by directing the Department of Health & Human Services to set up a dedicated web page within the DHHS web site that brings all of the informed consent information to one spot and enhances it by adding links to 4-D moving ultrasound images of unborn babies developing in the womb." said Julie Schmit-Albin, NRL Executive Director.

The 1993 statute provided for a written booklet with drawings of fetal development as well as a list of abortion alternative agencies and the risks and complications that can result from abortion.

"What was state-of-the-art in 1993 is not the same for 2013." said Schmit-Albin. "LB 300 will bring the informed consent for abortion information current with the way people search for information these days; via their smart phones, laptops and tablets rather than having to request a booklet from DHHS that had to be mailed out. Women and young girls considering an abortion appointment can pull up 4-D moving ultrasound images of babies developing in the womb and have that information immediately as they consider their decision."

Under LB 300, abortion facilities must provide a link on their web sites to the DHHS dedicated informed consent for abortion web page.

"By having abortion providers link to the DHHS web page on informed consent, those considering abortion will have at their fingertips information that previously was difficult to access due to abortion providers only giving out a 1-800 number for DHHS in the past." said Schmit-Albin. "Hopefully more women considering abortion will have better access to the information that our public policy is to provide to them."

It's not too early to start praying about the passage of this bill right now and to start talking it up to friends, family and church members. Also go ahead and contact your state senators and ask them to support this common sense, pro-woman legislation. (For contact info, check here.)

By the way, you can read the text of the bill (it's quite short) right here.