Nebraska advances new 2nd-trimester abortion restrictions

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Nebraska speaker Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, right, consults the rule book along with Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, center, and Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln, top left, during debate on a point of order by Sen. Justin Wayne, in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Lawmakers were about to debate a proposed bill outlawing dilation and evacuation abortions, a second-trimester procedure that opponents refer to as a dismemberment abortion. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to outlaw a second-trimester abortion procedure has cleared a major hurdle in the Nebraska Legislature, a signal that it could pass in the final days of this year’s session.

Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday after supporters broke through a filibuster led by abortion-rights supporters.

Two additional votes are required before the bill goes to Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who supports it.

The bill would outlaw the use of clamps, forceps, tongs, or scissors to perform what’s known as a dilation and evacuation abortion.

Similar measures have passed in at least 12 other states, but most have been struck down as unconstitutional. 

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