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Nebraska lawmakers approve abortion drug notice bill

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Posted at 7:43 AM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 08:43:56-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is on the verge of passing a law that requires abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after the process has started.

Lawmakers gave the measure the final approval Thursday on a 36-12 vote after supporters overcame a legislative filibuster. It now heads to Governor Pete Ricketts, who opposes abortion.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston, would require abortion providers to tell patients that their pregnancy may still be viable after taking the first of two abortion drugs.

They also would have to notify patients about a state public health website that would include contact information for groups that offer the disputed treatment.

This bill comes after multiple states, such as Georgia and Alabama, have passed anti abortion laws.