The Nebraska legislature on Friday gave its second approval to a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when pre-born babies are known to feel pain. The bill is now expected to undergo final approval within the next several days, before going to the governor’s desk for his signature.
The bill provides what may be the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, which in 1973 established a “right” to unrestricted abortion until fetal viability at about 22 weeks.
The measure would severely hamper the late-term abortion business of LeRoy Carhart, and could force him to relocate his late-term abortion business to another state, or close it altogether.
Carhart is known for performing abortions through 24 weeks in Nebraska.
Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of NE Right to Life, has said that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has stated support for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.