Abortion bill has no legs

Apr 132010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman really left an impression with advocates on both sides of the abortion debate Tuesday.

The Republican figurehead from that corn-husking state to the northeast of Colorado signed two bills today further restricting the process of getting an abortion in Nebraska.

The more important bill would prohibit abortions after the 20-week mark of a woman’s pregnancy term.

The law, according to both pro-life and pro-choice activists, breaks with court precedent, changing the “legal rationale for a ban on later-term abortions,” according to the Associated Press.

Supporters believe they’ve found an opening in previous abortion court rulings. Those opposed say the bill will be challenged and overturned.

No matter what side of the issues, however, this bill stands on false arguments and shoddy “research,” if any at all.

Basically, previous abortion legislation and court precedent bans late-term abortions “when a fetus is able to survive outside the womb — generally at 22 to 24 weeks.”

This bill moves that restriction up two to four weeks on the basis that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.

According to the AP, however, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists “says it knows of no legitimate evidence that fetuses experience pain at that stage.”

Now, if there were scientific evidence or medical journal entries showing fetuses felt pain as early as 20 weeks into a term, then this would be a different story.

But such legislation sets a dangerous precedent because any scientific argument in the corner of Heineman and company doesn’t have a factual basis.

It seems like a ploy to pick and chip away at abortion law and precedent. And quite frankly, this bill has no leg to stand on.

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