Sanctity of Life

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2016 LIFE Bills


LB 891: Down Syndrome Diagnosis Information and Support Act

Summary

The Down Syndrome Diagnosis Information and Support Act would help to ensure that expectant parents who receive a prenatal screening or test result that indicates the high likelihood or definitive presence of Down syndrome, are give up to date information about Down syndrome.

Children with Down syndrome are at a much higher risk of being aborted, because of advancements in testing and prenatal screening. Many expectant parents feel that abortion is their only option. This bill would provide expectant parents with much needed materials regarding the truth about Down syndrome, and subsequently hope in a difficult situation.

Status: Passed

  • April 07, 2016: Approved by Governor on April 07, 2016
  • April 01, 2016: Presented to the Governor on April 01, 2016
  • April 01, 2016: President/Speaker signed
  • April 01, 2016: Passed on Final Reading 46-0-3
  • March 23, 2016: Placed on Final Reading
  • March 22, 2016: Advanced to Enrollment and Review for Engrossment
  • March 21, 2016: Placed on Select File
  • March 18, 2016: Health and Human Services AM2095 adopted
  • February 19, 2016: Health and Human Services AM2095 filed
  • February 19, 2016: Placed on General File with AM2095
  • February 03, 2016: Notice of hearing for February 11, 2016
  • January 12, 2016: Referred to the Health and Human Services Committee
  • January 11, 2016: Introduced by Senator Brasch

LB 1056: Adopt the Patient Choice at End of Life Act (Dr. Prescribed Suicide)

Summary

The “Patient Choice at End of Life Act” would legalize doctor prescribed suicide. In the United States, more than 40,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide and attempted suicide are not against the law. However, assisting someone commit suicide is against the law.

Nebraska Family Alliance opposes LB 1056. Any change in the law to permit doctor-prescribed suicide will affect every person and every family.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 04, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • February 17, 2016: Chambers priority bill
  • February 10, 2016: Notice of hearing for February 24, 2016
  • January 22, 2016: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • January 20, 2016: Introduced by Senator Chambers

LB 767: Prohibit dismemberment abortion and provide for civil and criminal penalties

Summary

LB 767 establishes a prohibition on any abortion procedure that, with the purpose of causing death, dismembers a living unborn child piece by piece.

The bill allows for a cause of action for injunctive relief against a physician who makes any attempt to perform this procedure to be maintained by the unborn child’s mother or other affected parties. The mother, father, and maternal grandparents may also seek civil damages against any physician who performs this procedure.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 20, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • February 10, 2016: Notice of hearing March 02, 2016
  • January 7, 2016: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • January 6, 2016: Introduced by Senator Tommy Garrett

LB 768: Choose Life License Plates

Summary

LB 768 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to design license plates to be known as “Choose Life” License Plates. The design shall reflect support for the protection of Nebraska’s children, both born and unborn. The department shall make applications available for “Choose Life” License Plates once they are designed.

The bill also creates “The Choose Life Pregnancy and Adoption Fund” to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that provide counseling, training, pregnancy testing, clothing, housing, prenatal care, food, utilities and transportation or other material needs of pregnant women who are considering placing their children up for adoption.

Seventy-five percent of the fee for the Choose Life License Plate will be credited to the Choose Life Pregnancy and Adoption Fund.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 20, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • February 29, 2016 – March 09, 2016: Many Senators added their name to support the bill. To see who click here.
  • February 23, 2016: Placed on General File with AM2058
  • February 22, 2016: Speaker priority bill
  • February 01, 2016: Notice of hearing for February 09, 2016
  • January 7, 2016: Referred to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee
  • January 6, 2016: Introduced by Senator Tommy Garrett

LB 187: Abortion Clinic Regulation

Summary

LB 187 would require abortion clinics to post signs in waiting or consultation rooms which notify women seeking abortions that they cannot be forced against their will to have an abortion. Even a small change such as this one might help to protect an innocent life.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 20, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • January 6, 2016: Title printed. Carryover bill.
  • February 6, 2015: Hearing date set for March 18, 2015
  • January 14, 2015: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • January 12, 2015: Introduced by Senator Bill Kintner

LB 114: Ambulatory Surgical Center Provision

Summary

LB 114 would hold all abortion centers to a higher standard of care by requiring compliance with state and federal health care facility licensing regulations. Protecting women and children is paramount and should be a priority with all state lawmakers.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 20, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • January 6, 2015: Title printed. Carryover bill
  • February 6, 2015: Notice of hearing for March 18, 2015
  • January 12, 2015: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • January 9, 2015: Introduced by Senator Beau McCoy

LB 990: Adopt the Fetal Dignity Protection Act

Summary

The Fetal Dignity Protection Act is in large part a response to the videos that were released fall of 2015 from the Center for Medical Progress revealing that some Planned Parenthood facilities have been profiting on the sale of fetal tissue.

LB 990 makes it illegal to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. It also requires individuals who perform abortions in Nebraska to file monthly reports regarding the treatment of aborted babies.

Status: Failed – Indefinitely Postponed

  • April 20, 2016: Indefinitely Postponed
  • March 18, 2016: Judiciary AM2484 filed
  • March 18, 2016: Placed on General File with AM2484
  • February 10, 2016: Notice of hearing for March 02, 2016
  • January 20, 2016: Referred to Judiciary Committee
  • January 15, 2016: Introduced by Senator Al Davis
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