Considering the effort that anti-choice groups put into crafting various laws this year that could all take different tactics towards legally assaulting Roe v. Wade, you would think that there’s some serious disappointment in the anti-abortion community over the idea that Nebraska may not continue legally fighting for their new mental health screening rule. However, the balance between ideology and fiscal responsibility may end up putting the law on the shelf permanently.
From News 5:
Is defending a new Nebraska abortion law worth an expected lengthy and costly legal battle? That is what Attorney General Jon Bruning is considering.
Bruning said he will not exhaust all legal options to support the Nebraska law.
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He said he is considering whether it is worth the time and expense through what could be a lengthy appeals process.
Both sides of the abortion debate agree that further legal wrangling over the law as it is written now is an exercise in futility. Via the Omaha World Herald:
It might be more prudent to go back to the Legislature, he said, than to appeal a federal judge’s ruling from last week.
“I haven’t made any decision on appeal,” Bruning said. “I’m just trying to decide how to allocate precious state resources.”
He has until the end of the day Monday to decide.
Greg Schleppenbach, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Catholic Conference, which pushed for LB 594, said he has not talked with Bruning.
But he took no issue with Bruning’s hesitation about continuing the court battle.
“Anybody would be a fool to just plow ahead and ignore the direction this case could go,”
Schleppenbach said. “I’d rather go down a path that gets this into law and passes judicial scrutiny.”
The goal is to ensure that women get proper screening and information before going through with an abortion, not to challenge existing abortion laws, Schleppenbach said.
Jill June, president and CEO of the Des Moines-based Planned Parenthood, said dropping the state’s case would be a responsible move.
“It would be a prudent thing to do to conserve his resources and not throw good money after bad,” she said.
One additional benefit that pro-choice advocates may see from this is the lack of copy-cat legislation in other states, according to the Yankton Press:
“Given what the judge has ruled and what the attorney general says, it will certainly chill the prospects of this being adopted by other states,” said Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. She called Bruning’s consideration of whether or not to appeal a possible ruling striking the law, should such a ruling be made, the responsible thing to do.
Greg Schleppenbach of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, the main lobbyist for the bill, said it came from the Elliot Conference, an Illinois-based group that opposes abortion and crafted the model legislation for any state to use.
The Elliot Institute is the home of Dr. David Reardon, the king of alleged “mental impact of abortion” studies, who has claimed among other things that “Abortion only adds to and accentuates the traumatic feelings associated with sexual assault,” and that “Pregnancy resulting from sexual assault is actually a contraindication for abortion.”
Mini Roundup: Think our rising multitude of 24 hour waiting periods are bad? At least we aren’t New Zealand, where women are being forced to wait nearly a month for an abortion. Then again, the two doctor sign off probably still doesn’t require as much paperwork as this writer’s plan for reducing abortions.
July 23, 2010
Majority Of Calif. Voters Support Abortion Rights, Poll Finds – Medical News Today
Did Pro-Lifers Err in Their Assertions of ObamaCare Abortion Funding? – The New American
New Zealand Clinics Made Women Wait to Get Abortions Done – TopNews United States
Personhood Colorado Announces Press Conference with Dr. Alan Keyes to Release … – Christian News Wire
GHANA: Ignorance on abortion law means death – IRINnews.org
Both sides of abortion issue at clinic – Charlotte Observer
Bruning: Abortion law flawed – Omaha World-Herald
GOP candidates for GA gov clash on abortion, taxes – Washington Examiner
Gov. Christie vetoes bill restoring $7.5M grant for family planning – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Will Abortion Loopholes Stay in US Health Law? – Catholic.net
Feeling Cheap After Buying Obama’s Abortion BS – ColorLines magazine
‘Friday Night Lights’ Watch: Private Meets Public – New York Times
Abortion, taxes are issues in House District 29 primary – Kansas City Star
Christians examine morality of birth control – NewsOK.com
Advocates raise concerns over prosecuting HIV-positive people – Montreal Gazette
AIDS 2010: Obama, Clinton Vow US Support To Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS – Kaiser Family Foundation
AIDS Conference Wraps Up in Vienna – Voice of America
July 24, 2010
Fiorina would ordinarily be a long shot in California – Los Angeles Times
The New Abortion Pushers – Human Events
On ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a brave and honest abortion story – Washington Post
Christie in veto wars over abortion, real estate – Examiner.com
Two Candidates for Governor clash on abortion – Examiner.com
Freedom Ride Tactics to Protest Abortion – FOXNews
HIV cases double among the over-50s – The Guardian
In US cities, HIV linked more to poverty than race – Foster’s Daily Democrat
Vaginal birth after Caesarean OK for most women, doctors say – Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2010
Abortion fight takes new turn under Obamacare – NewsOK.com
Some may lose help – County health coverage may limit abortions – Winston-Salem Journal
Neb. Abortion Law May Be Reworked – Yankton Daily Press
I guess you can’t tell them what to spend that public money on, right? – Hartford Courant
Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Marino is critical of Carney on fund issues – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Abortion eliminated, my way – Spartanburg Herald Journal
Abortion divides Ga. GOP gubernatorial rivals – Macon Telegraph
Trial begins on alleged extortion of Pitino – Globe and Mail
Confusion Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions? Check Your Sources! – About.com: Health
Family Planning welcomes contraceptive funding – New Zealand Doctor Online
Christians Examine Morality Of Birth Control – Huffington Post
Sharp focus on maternal health – East African
July 26, 2010
Abortion foes lend support to Cahill – Boston Globe
CBCP urges Aquino to drop sex ed program, RH bill – GMA news.tv
The rising rate of Caesarian sections by Atty. Rita Linda V. Jimeno – Manila Standard Today