LIVE at 1:30pm: ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Public Hearing in Nebraska Legislature

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A state legislative committee will hear testimony on Legislative Bill 626, the “Nebraska Heartbeat Act,” on Wednesday. It would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks into a pregnancy. There would be exceptions for rape, incest, and the mother’s health.

Current Nebraska law bans abortions after 20 weeks.

Dozens of people are expected to testify at a public hearing on LB 626 Wednesday afternoon. Watch the hearing live in the video player above as it starts at 1:30pm

The new proposal would not criminalize either patients seeking abortions or the doctors who perform them. Doctors, however, would lose their medical licenses if they performed an abortion after an ultrasound detects a heartbeat or if they performed an abortion without the required ultrasound.

State Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston is the bill’s sponsor.

The Nebraska Examiner contributed to this report.

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