Nebraska lawmaker proposes dismemberment abortion ban

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a new ban on a common procedure used for second-trimester abortions.

Bellevue Sen. Tommy Garrett introduced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit ``dismemberment abortions,’’ a dilation and evacuation procedure often used for women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant. The only exemptions would be if the procedure could prevent death or extreme physical harm to the woman.

Nebraska already prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks based on the disputed theory that a fetus at that point can feel pain.

Kansas and Oklahoma passed dismemberment bans last year, but lawsuits have prevented both from taking effect.

Garrett also proposed a bill to create “Choose Life” license plates through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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