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NEBRASKA HEARTBEAT BILL PASSES INITIAL UNICAMERAL VOTE

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NEBRASKA SENATORS HAVE ADVANCED A BILL THAT WOULD BAN ABORTION ONCE A HEARTBEAT CAN BE DETECTED IN A FETUS, AROUND THE SIXTH WEEK OF PREGNANCY.

THE BILL IS FROM SENATOE JONI ALBRECHT OF THURSTON.

THE “NEBRASKA HEARTBEAT ACT” WOULD REQUIRE DOCTORS TO PERFORM AN ULTRASOUND TO TEST FOR A FETAL HEARTBEAT AND BAN ABORTIONS THEREAFTER.

DURING DEBATE, SENATOR BRIAN HARDIN OF GERING SUPPORTED THE BILL, SAYING A BABY WITH A BEATING HEAR DESERVES TO BE PROTECTED:

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SENATOR WENDY DEBOER OF BENNINGTON OPPOSES THE BILL AND SAYS ABORTION IS NOT GOING AWAY:

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DEBATE ENDED AFTER A CLOTURE VOTE WITH THE BARE MINIMUM OF THIRTY-THREE VOTES.

THE BILL FACES TWO MORE ROUNDS OF DEBATE, AMENDMENTS AND VOTES DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

Jerry Oster contributed to this story