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Judge blocks Nebraska law requiring mental health screening for abortion

Here’s a short digest article from The Washington Post about a judgment on a law in Nebraska related to abortions. This law seeks to create mental health stigma on top of unwanted pregnancy.  A federal judge has ruled.  What a battle I can see in the near future over this subject.  Abortion, no matter what else is involved, always gets an argument brewing.  Won’t you let me know what you think about this injunction?

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Abortion law is ruled too restrictive

A federal judge blocked a new Nebraska law that required mental health screenings of women seeking abortions, saying Wednesday that the measure could have made it impossible to get an abortion in the state.

U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the law.

State officials have said the measure is meant to make sure women understand the possible risks and complications of an abortion. Planned Parenthood had argued the law would be difficult to comply with and could require doctors to give information irrelevant to abortions.

Shannon Kingery of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office declined to discuss the details of Wednesday’s ruling.

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July 16, 2010 - Posted by | Mental Health | , , , , , ,

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