Plan for Teen-Pregnancy Program Killed
Nebraska's unicameral legislature has overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have established a statewide teen-age pregnancy-prevention program and adoption center.
Lawmakers voted 37 to 7 on Feb. 3 to kill the proposal, which was introduced by Senator Vard Johnson of Omaha.
The bill called for distributing grants to hospitals, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments for pregnancy-prevention programs.
The bill also would have encouraged school boards to develop sex-education courses.
Opposition to the measure was led by another senator from Omaha, Bernice Labedz, who argued that the bill would have undermined parental authority.
Other opponents said the $500,000 program would have cost too much and would have promoted abortion or adoption, rather than pregnancy prevention.--kg