Trend – Abortion

Ending a pregnancy in 14 states leaves few options. Some are looking to Europe and India for help.

BY: - March 22, 2023

The pills came in a dark salmon-colored envelope, sealed with a plastic covering that traveled more than 7,000 miles, over a dozen time zones from Nagpur, India, in almost exactly one week. They were placed partially under the doormat of a home in a state with one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the […]

Megan Hunt addressed legislation to amend the Nebraska Constitution for abortion access. in this file photo, she testifies before a legislative committee.

Legislation would allow voters to decide abortion rights in Nebraska Constitution

BY: - March 16, 2023

LINCOLN — One day after proposed abortion restrictions faced a hiccup in legislative support, a Nebraska lawmaker made the case Thursday for voters to determine whether abortion protections should be enshrined in the State Constitution. Legislative Resolution 18CA and LR 19CA, both proposed by State Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha, would put the question to […]

Vice President Kamala Harris cites Iowa’s role in legal challenges to abortion

BY: - March 16, 2023

Vice President Kamala Harris, in Des Moines on Thursday, said Iowa is “on the front lines” of the fight over abortion access. Harris joined a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights with Democratic leaders, health care providers and community advocates at Grand View University in Des Moines. It’s not just lawmakers taking action to strip Americans […]

Legislative Speaker answers Cavanaugh filibuster by moving up long nights of legislative debate 

BY: - March 14, 2023

LINCOLN — Speaker of the Legislature John Arch on Tuesday spelled out the first price he will exact for the persistent filibuster by State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha and others slowing the legislative session to limit how much legislation gets discussed. Arch announced that he would start scheduling floor debate into the evening hours […]

Remaining abortion clinics face more challenges if abortion pill limited by Texas judge

BY: - March 2, 2023

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Pink House — otherwise known as Jackson Women’s Health Organization — was the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the federal right to abortion in June. Today, the clinic, the only abortion clinic to serve Mississippi and the greater area for years, is shuttered. On a hot day […]

Tax credits proposed for private Nebraska pregnancy center donations

BY: - February 24, 2023

LINCOLN — As Nebraska state senators prepare for debate regarding abortion, one lawmaker presented a proposal Friday that aims to provide tax credits to private pregnancy help centers. Legislative Bill 606, proposed by State Sen. Joni Albrecht of Thurston, would establish the Nebraska Pregnancy Help Act and offer tax credits to incentivize private donations to […]

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‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill and measure blocking gender-altering procedures sent to full Legislature

BY: - February 22, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include reaction from various organizations. LINCOLN — A legislative committee, after a few testy exchanges, advanced controversial bills Wednesday evening to make abortion less accessible and ban minors from obtaining gender-altering procedures. The votes were both 4-2, with one senator, Lynne Walz of Fremont, absent for the […]

Abortion rights group says fight ‘far from over’ involving new restrictions in Nebraska

BY: - February 21, 2023

LINCOLN — Despite recent reporting that abortion opponents are two votes short of the super-majority needed to pass a so-called “heartbeat” bill in the Nebraska Legislature, a Planned Parenthood official says the fight is far from over. “We know it will be close, but we have successfully blocked four abortion bans in the past year […]

Hilgers joins 24-state coalition claiming that Yelp has ‘discriminated’ against crisis pregnancy centers

BY: - February 7, 2023

LINCOLN — Attorney General Mike Hilgers has joined a 24-state coalition of red state attorneys general in objecting to Yelp’s “discrimination” against crisis pregnancy centers in its online consumer notices. In a letter to Yelp on Tuesday, the attorneys general objected to an advisory stating that the pregnancy centers “typically provide limited medical services and […]

Cardiac-activity abortion ban bill draws hundreds to Nebraska Capitol

BY: - February 1, 2023

LINCOLN — Proponents and opponents were given three hours each Wednesday to argue over State Sen. Joni Albrecht’s bill aimed at outlawing abortions in Nebraska after an ultrasound detects embryonic cardiac activity. Hundreds in an overflow crowd waited hours to testify for two or three minutes to the seven members of the Legislature’s Health and […]

Omaha woman says ‘heartbeat’ bill would inject politicians into ‘difficult’ private decisions

BY: - January 31, 2023

LINCOLN — One by one, four women on Tuesday shared their traumatic, personal stories about abortion rights, urging Nebraska lawmakers to reject a proposal to further restrict the procedure. “This legislation takes away Nebraskans’ ability to control their bodies and their future,” said Abby Waller, a 37-year-old Omaha mother, who chose an abortion after doctors […]

Nebraska GOP backs Californian Harmeet Dhillon as RNC chair

BY: - January 21, 2023

OMAHA — The Nebraska Republican Party stepped into the fight Saturday over picking the next chair of the Republican National Committee. State GOP chair Eric Underwood let the State Central Committee decide whom he should support. The party’s steering committee voted 62-41 to support California lawyer Harmeet Dhillon over current RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who […]