Abortion statistics collected one year after Nebraska fetal pain bill
OMAHA, Nebraska: The Department of Health and Human Services reported that abortions in the first six months of 2011 are down 10% from 2010. The report stated that 1,288 abortions were performed in Nebraska during the first six months of 2010, and that number is down to 1,153 in 2011. Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said the decline is attributed to the enactment of 2010 Nebraska legislation LB1103, which made abortion illegal at 20 weeks based on the disputed theory that a fetus can feel pain at that stage in the pregnancy. Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said the claim that the 20-week ban had anything to do with the decrease in Nebraska abortions is "ludicrous." She said abortion rates have been going down in Nebraska for years before the new bill, with the exception of 2008.