Bill aims to shield Nebraska women who miscarry from prosecution under possible abortion ban

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Nebraska state senator is introducing a bill she says would protect women who lose their pregnancies from “a broad abortion ban.”

State Sen. Jen Day has proposed a bill that would ensure women who suffer miscarriages or other pregnancy-ending emergencies will not be investigated or prosecuted.

The six-week abortion ban being proposed in the Nebraska Legislature this year would not make it criminal to obtain or perform an abortion, according to State Sen. Joni Albrecht. But doctors would lose their medical licenses.

Day said no pregnant woman should have to consider whether her medical emergency will be considered an exception under an abortion ban.

According to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, 15% to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

About 26,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth.

“Neither patients nor medical providers, acting within their scope of practice, should have to worry about criminal prosecution or loss of licensure,” Dr. Abigail Drucker, chair of the Nebraska Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement. “I wholeheartedly support the bill as every pregnancy deserves high-quality, compassionate medical care and any legislation that jeopardizes the relationship between physician and patient has no place in our state.”

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