Planned Parenthood Sues Over Neb. Abortion Law

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Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Nebraska law with conditions the group says would ultimately ban abortions in the state.

The Women's Health Protection Act requires women to receive mental health screenings before getting an abortion, as well as counseling on the physical, psychological, and emotional risks associated with abortion.

"Women are suffering from avoidable complications that may have been prevented or minimized had they received adequate pre-abortion screening and counseling," said state Sen. Cap Dierks, the Nebraska lawmaker who introduced the bill.

Planned Parenthood -- which runs one of two Nebraska abortion clinics -- argues the measure would "ban abortions in Nebraska" by placing "impossible, unintelligible, and unprecedented" requirements on abortion providers.

Abortion provider Leroy Carhart called the law "another piece of anti-choice legislation that does nothing but hinder a woman's access to safe, legal abortion care."

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed the bill into law in April. The legislation is set to go into effect July 15.

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