Nebraska Legislature Gets Out in front of “Web Cam” Abortions” with Passage of LB 521

By Dave Andrusko

LINCOLN—-Earlier today LB 521, introduced by state Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln and prioritized by state Senator Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, passed the final stage of debate 38 to 9 with two members not voting. Nebraska joins Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arizona in passing bills this session that address the practice of Web Cam abortions which are doubly dangerous: the abortionist is not in the same room as the woman who is ingesting the chemical abortifacient RU486.

Mary Spaulding Balch (left), NRL Director of State Legislation and Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life

“Huge kudos to the Nebraska Legislature for stopping Web Cam abortions before they get started in our state,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life. “The Legislature passed LB 521 to ensure that every abortion, whether chemical or surgical, has a licensed doctor physically present.” 

The bill now goes to pro-life Governor Dave Heineman who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland initiated Web Cam abortions at 16 remote sites across Iowa in 2008. “Our Legislature rightly concluded that Nebraska should not be the next testing ground for Planned Parenthood’s expansion of chemical abortions beyond urban areas of the state where they are currently performed,” Schmit-Albin said.

Nebraskans has good reason to fear Web Cam abortions are in PP of the Heartland’s expansionary plans for Nebraska. The corporation operates in both Iowa and Nebraska and has announced plans to open a dozen new clinics in Nebraska and Iowa over the next five years, six in each state.

PP of the Heartland has performed over 2,000 RU486 chemical abortions in Iowa via remote computer hook-up.  After a brief screening and “counseling” session, the abortionist, who is typical in an urban setting miles away, clicks a mouse which triggers the opening of a drawer from which the woman takes out the two drugs that make up the “RU486″ chemical abortion regimen: mifepristone and misoprostol.

The intent is to reach “underserved” women in rural areas, both multiplying the number of abortions and fattening PP of the Heartland’s bottom line.

The abortion industry continues to comes up with new methods of killing unborn children, “and it’s up to states to address techniques and practices that weren’t even imagined when the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” added Schmit-Albin

“We thank Senators Fulton and Bloomfield for leading the way on this issue and the 36 other senators who recognized the need to act quickly this session,” Schmit-Albin said.

The language for the Web Cam abortion bills in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma came from National Right to Life. 

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