LB 187 would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and maintain an internet webpage to provide information for women seeking abortion services.
The bill would also have required health-care facilities that provide abortions and have a website to include a direct link to the website of the Department of Health and Human Services. The link would read:
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services maintains a web page containing objective, nonjudgemental, scientifically accurate information about the development of the unborn child, as well as a link to videos of ultrasound images of the unborn child at various stages of development. The webpage also has information on alternatives to abortion and a comprehensive list on where to obtain and ultrasound free of charge. The webpage can be reached by clicking here.
LB 187 would also require reproductive health-care facilities that conduct abortions to post signs that say it is “against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion.” The bill would require signs to be posted in each patient waiting room and patient consultation room of all freestanding surgical outpatient clinics. All other health-care facilities that perform abortions would be required to post a sign in each patient admission area.
The bill states that any health-care facility that fails to post a sign would be required to pay a fine of $10,000 and that a separate violation would be assessed for each day that an abortion, other than an abortion necessary to prevent the death of a woman, is performed in a facility that fails to post the sign during business hours.
The website provision of this bill is similar to LB 300, a bill which was authored by Nebraska Right to Life, an arm of the National Right to Life Committee, and which failed to pass in 2014. The signage provision of the bill is similar to LB 1032, which failed to pass in 2014.