The anti-abortion group Nebraska Right to Life is pushing for the passage of legislation in the state that would require that so-called 4-D ultrasound images of an unborn fetus be posted on a Nebraska state website.
The state of Kansas already shows these types of ultrasound images - which are highly detailed and show more lifelike images than earlier ultrasounds - on its Health Department website under its "Woman's Right to Know" law. The push in Nebraska was first reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Nebraska law already requires that a woman receive an ultrasound before having an abortion in the state, and that a doctor display the images on a screen so that the woman can see them easily. LB 675, known as the "Mother's Right to See Her Unborn Child Ultrasound Bill," passed the Nebraska state legislature in 2009 by a margin of 4o to 5. This new legislation would go a step further by requiring that the images be placed online as well.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Nebraska Right to Life has been in contact with Kansas for Life, the group that helped champion the passage of Kansas' law requiring 4-D images on a state website.
Requests for comment from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the division of Planned Parenthood that covers Nebraska, were not immediately returned.