Health Care

Neb. lawmakers pass abortion, transgender care limits

The two were combined into a single bill and passed Friday.
Hundreds of people descend on the Nebraska Capitol, in Lincoln, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, to protest plans by conservative lawmakers in the Nebraska Legislature to revive an abortion ban rejected last month by folding it into a bill that would ban gender-affirming care in transgender minors. Their chants, yells, and foot-stomping at times drowned out debate on the legislative floor. (AP Photo/Margery Beck)

Nebraska lawmakers approved new restrictions on abortion and medical care for transgender youth Friday in a bill that combined two of the most controversial issues sweeping through state legislatures this year.

The bill would ban gender reassignment surgery for anyone 18 and younger, with exceptions for minors already on hormone treatments. And abortions would be banned after 12 weeks, starting at the first day of the mother’s last menstrual cycle, with exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies.

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