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With less than a month of session remaining, debate on the biggest issues facing the Legislature are fast approaching. This week, both the budget and property tax bill are coming to the floor. I will share my insight on both debates in next week’s column.
This past week, my colleagues and I debated LB 209, which was introduced by Senator Albrecht. This bill would expand the information required to be provided during a medication abortion.
A medication abortion is a two-pill process. The first pill, mifepristone, is taken at the doctor’s office and the second, misoprostol, is taken at home 24-48 hours later. Mifepristone alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. This means that a woman may still have a viable pregnancy after taking the first pill if a mother changes her mind.
LB 209 ensures that women seeking an abortion are informed mifepristone alone is not 100% effective at ending a pregnancy, and that if a woman changes her mind after taking the first pill, she will know where to obtain information on potential pregnancy-rescuing medical treatments. This information will be available on the Department of Health and Human Services’ website and hotline. Rescuing a pregnancy is a time-sensitive process after taking mifepristone, so it is essential this information be easily accessible. This bill would provide women with a possible second chance. It is a pro-life, pro-woman bill that needs to be passed. I spoke extensively in favor of this bill on the floor of the Legislature and was encouraged to hear stories of women who had successfully saved their pregnancies after changing their minds in the middle of a medication abortion. This bill empowers women to make informed decisions about their pregnancies and could save lives.
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