On August 18, 2010, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced that he had agreed to a permanent injunction of a Nebraska abortion law [PDF] because he believed there was little chance that the law would withstand a court challenge. The law, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, would have required physicians to evaluate patients to determine that their choice to have an abortion was voluntary and to inform the patients of all risk factors and complications that have been statistically associated with abortion and published in peer-reviewed journals. A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law was filed by women's rights group Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and a federal judge issued the preliminary injunction [PDF] in July 2010, prohibiting the law from going into effect. In December 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the injunction.
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