Abortion counseling hearing set

A federal judge will weigh whether to block a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking an abortion from taking effect in mid-July. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp has set a July 13 hearing to hear Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction.

The law is to be implemented July 15. Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the law, saying it could be difficult to comply with and could give women irrelevant information.

The law would require women wanting abortions to be screened by doctors or other health professionals to determine whether they were pressured into having the procedure. They also would be screened for risk factors indicating they could have problems after an abortion.