Neb. Abortion-Clinic Signage Bill Sparks Debate


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Abortion foes and supporters are at odds over a Nebraska bill that would require clinics to post conspicuous signs saying women can't be pressured into having the procedure.

Abortion opponents say the bill would make clear to women that the law protects them from coercion by boyfriends, husbands, parents and others. The Legislature's Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from women who say the signs might have made a difference when they had abortions decades ago.

Abortion-rights supporters say it raises free-speech concerns, and note that women already undergo counseling to ensure they aren't being coerced.

The bill by Sen. Bill Kintner, of Papillion, would impose a $10,000 fine for each day a sign is not posted.