OMAHA, Neb. – A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions because the measure could have made it impossible to get an abortion in the state.Hmm, I called in sick yesterday -- feeling better now -- I already regret it today and I'll regret it even more this weekend when I'll need to go into work. Guess I should have consulted a psychiatrist first.
U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction against the law, which was supposed to take effect Thursday. The order will prevent the state from enforcing the law until the lawsuit challenging it is decided.
State officials have said the law is designed to make sure women understand the risks and complications that may accompany an abortion.
The risks could be "physical, psychological, emotional, demographic, or situational," according to the law.
I'm tempted to say that this is just one more law which treats women as fucking idiots who can't possibly think through a decision without the help of The State, but this actually was just another attempt to outlaw abortion by means other than a Supremem Court ruling. The fact that it treats women as weak, feeble-minded creatures is just a bonus.
(h/t to Atrios)