A judge has blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions.
U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s request for a preliminary injunction against the law, which was supposed to take effect Thursday. The injunction keeps the law from being enforced while the lawsuit is decided. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing is ready for the court fight.
“We have to pursue it, I think that, I don’t think that it’s going to be that difficult for the Attorney Generals office to handle, but we’ll just have to see.”
Dierks says he is also prepared to rewrite, and re introduce the bill into next years legislature.
Planned Parenthood says the law could be difficult to comply with and require doctors to give information irrelevant to abortions. Dierks isn’t buying that argument.
The law is designed to make sure women understand the risks and complications that may accompany an abortion. Under the law, women would be screened for risk factors indicating potential mental or physical problems after an abortion.