Nebraska has passed a bill out of committee that would ban the use of telemedicine in early medical abortions, a procedure that would have allowed rural women to have more access to less invasive, less expensive abortions. LB 521 mandates that a doctor must be physically present during an abortion, restricting the use of webcams as a stand in.
Two weeks ago, the Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee failed to move the bill to the Senate floor but, today, lawmakers approved LB 521 after one senator changed from “not voting” to a “yes” vote. Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha, Senator Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, Senator Colby Coash of Lincoln and Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill voted to support the legislation.
The bill will move to legislature for a vote. Nebraska has a predominately anti-choice unicameral legislature and governor, so the bill is expected to pass easily.