UPDATE, 4/13, 11:35a: Ok, the fetal pain really did pass today. I’m told Gov. Dave Heineman will sign it into law this afternoon. Hello, Supreme Court, good-bye Carhart?
The Christian Post reported April 10:

[T]he… law… [will] make NE the first state with a law that directly challenges Roe v. Wade

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Notably, LB1103 could be a serious threat to NE’s infamous abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, who is one of the few in the country who perform late-term abortions. Carhart reportedly aborts fetuses up to 22 weeks electively, and even older if there are medical reasons. The exclusion of the mental health exception is considered by many as a direct response to Cahart as it would prevent him from using such an excuse to perform late-term abortions.
If passed, the fetal pain bill could force Carhart to relocate his business to another

UPDATE, 4/10, 12:25p: Just learned that OR’s original press release was incorrect. The fetal pain bill (LB 1103) passed on 2nd reading yesterday and should get its 3rd reading and final approval April 12. It would at that point head to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for breaking.jpg4/9, 11:21a:Exciting news. Operation Rescue is reporting:

Today, the NE legislature gave final second approval on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when pre-born babies are known to feel pain. This bill, which is expected to be signed into law, 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….

LifeSiteNews.com reported April 8:

Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of NE Right to Life… expressed confidence that Gov. Dave Heineman would sign LB 1103 into law, saying “He has stated his support for this legislation.”

I wrote in a previous WND.com column and post that National Right to Life is hoping this bill, if enacted into law, will trigger a US Supreme Court ruling.
ABCNews.com posted a lengthy article about court prospects for this fetal pain law on April 6:
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… The legislation has drawn national attention from groups such as the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sees it as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade…. If the legislation passes, NE will be the first state to ban abortions based on the controversial notion that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. State law now has a post-viability ban on abortion but defines viability on a case-by-case basis….
The NE bill is more worrisome because of its direct attack on Roe, according to the CRR….

While some medical experts testified at the NE hearings that a fetus is able to feel pain at 20 weeks, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement saying it knows of “no legitimate scientific information that supports the statement that a fetus experiences pain.”
“This particular NE bill is not subtle at all,” Nancy Northup, the group’s president, said. “It would require turning over 2 pillars of Roe in that states cannot establish a line of viability and the bill too narrowly defines an exception for women’s health.“…
Anti-abortion supporters have been emboldened in their challenges to aspects of Roe since the Supreme Court upheld in 2007 a ban on an abortion procedure known by its critics as “partial-birth abortion”….
The case… alarmed the abortion rights community because the court had struck down a similar ban 7 years before.
The difference was the composition of the court…..
Kathryn Kolbert… a veteran of the abortion wars… is particularly worried that Justice Anthony Kennedy… might be slipping to the conservative side of the issue.
“Kennedy was with us on Casey, but O’Connor’s presence on the court was central to Kennedy, Kolbert said. “He has shifted since O’Connor left the bench.” She pointed to language Kennedy wrote in the Gonzales decision that she believes suggests that women are somehow incapable of understanding the magnitude of the decision: “Whether to have an abortion requires a difficult and painful moral decision,” Kennedy wrote, “which some women come to regret.”
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Kolbert said, “I don’t think O’Connor would have let him get away with that. It feeds into a stereotype that women are too emotional, they don’t know what they are doing.”

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