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Nebraska’s New Parental Consent Law Based on AUL Model Legislation “The Right Thing to Do for Nebraska’s Young Girls and Their Families”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-26-11) — Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called the passage of Nebraska’s Parental Consent Bill based on AUL’s model legislation and with AUL ground support “the right thing to do for Nebraska’s young girls and their families.”

Sen. Lydia Brasch sponsored the bill, LB690, which passed by a wide margin, 41 to 6, before heading to Nebraska’s Gov. Dave Heineman for his signature.

“Young girls need the love and guidance of those committed to their protection when facing tremendous pressure,” said Dr. Yoest.   “AUL has been in Nebraska working on this from day one for one reason: This new law will make a difference in young lives. Girls’ parents will know what kind of support and medical care their daughters are receiving and may learn whether their child has become the victim of a sexual predator. And AUL estimates that this law will save at least 100 lives a year in Nebraska.”

Prior to the new measure, Nebraska law only requires parental notification. LB 690 requires the written consent of a parent or guardian before their daughter may obtain an abortion. However, a judicial bypass procedure is included in the law for minors who need a judge to consider their needs.

Suzanne Gage, State Director AUL Nebraska worked tirelessly on the measure and noted: “Through the enactment of our parental notification law, Nebraskans expressed a desire to protect minors and defend parental rights. With the enactment of this bill, parents can better exercise their right to protect and guide their young daughters when they face unexpected pregnancy.”

For more information on parental involvement laws, go to:
http://www.aul.org/defending-life-abortion/.

To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status at:
http://www.aul.org/legislative-resources/legislative-tracking/