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Abortion bill would require link to ultrasounds

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Abortion clinics would be required to post ultrasound images of fetuses to a state website under a bill that a Nebraska senator introduced Thursday.

Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said he introduced the measure because he wants women to have access to non-judgmental, scientific information when deciding whether to have an abortion.

The live images, provided by the nonprofit Endowment for Human Development and posted on the website of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, would show fetuses at various stages of growth. The state website also would provide alternatives to abortions, and a list of health care locations that offer free ultrasounds.

Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement that women should receive unbiased information on health care, but doesn't agree with posting the informational link about fetus development to its website. She said Planned Parenthood doctors provide one-on-one discussions with patients and answer any questions a woman might have.

"We oppose any legislation that attempts to interfere in a woman's ability to make her own health care decisions," June said. "The bottom line is that a woman should be able to make informed decisions about her own pregnancy without biased government intrusion."

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