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Plan for Teen-Pregnancy Program Killed

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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

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