By FITSNews || Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed into law two new restrictions on abortion in the Cornhusker State on Tuesday.
Under the new laws, abortion would be outlawed in Nebraska after 20 weeks of pregnancy and any woman seeking an abortion would be screened first for mental health issues, among other possible problems. The first piece of legislation was written to shut down a particular late-term abortionist who is practicing in the state, although critics called both laws unconstitutional.
The 20-week provision – which is certain to face a high-profile court challenge – could end up redefining the limits currently placed on abortion in America.
Currently, the standard for determining the legality of an abortion revolves around the viability of the fetus outside the womb. If a fetus can survive without its mother, then the prevailing wisdom is that it has a right to life like any other American.
Under the Nebraska law, the standard revolves around whether or not the fetus feels pain.
Personally, we’ve got no problem with either of the two Nebraska laws. Unlike some, we try not to wear our pro-life position on our sleeves, but we don’t believe there is anything wrong with extending protection to the unborn wherever possible.