Nebraska Bill Requiring Abortion ‘Reversal’ Information (LB 209)
This law was last updated on Sep 3, 2019
LB 209 requires abortion providers to inform their patients that it may be possible to “reverse” the effects of a medication abortion.
The bill requires physicians to inform patients that it may be possible to “reverse” the effects of a medication abortion if the patient changes their mind and that information and assistance with reversing the effects of a medication abortion are available on the state health department’s website.
The bill requires the state to provide materials, including contact information, that will assist pregnant people in finding a medical professional who can help them continue their pregnancy after taking mifepristone.
The materials and the department website must include the following statement:
Research indicates that mifepristone alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. You may still have a viable pregnancy after taking mifepristone. If you change your mind and want to continue your pregnancy after taking mifepristone, it may not be too late.
The department must review and update, as necessary, the materials, including contact information, regarding medical professionals who can help a person continue their pregnancy after taking mifepristone.
Physicians must report to the state any attempt at continuing a pregnancy after taking mifepristone. Reports must include the following information:
- The age of the pregnant person;
- The location of the facility where the service was performed;
- The type of service provided;
- Complications, if any;
- The name of the attending medical professional;
- The pregnant person’s obstetrical history regarding previous pregnancies, abortions, and live births;
- The state of the pregnant person’s legal residence;
- Whether an emergency situation caused the physician to waive any informed consent requirements; and
- Any other relevant information.
Breast-feeding in Public
The law contains a provision providing that breast feeding in public is not considered a violation of public indecency laws.
1/11/19 – Introduced.
5/7/19 – Passed first round vote (37-9).
5/23/19 – Passed second round vote.
5/30/19 – Passed final reading in a 36-12 vote.
6/4/19 – Signed into law by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.