State Faces Lawsuit Over Pre-natal Services

A 38-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe, is the recent admission in the list of 1,550 pregnant women who had lost pre-natal services as of March 1.

The Adams County resident, bearing a history of gestational diabetes is eight months pregnant and is facing birth complications along with brain and heart issues in her yet-to-be-born baby.

The women is reported to have knocked the doors of the court on Thursday, launching an appeal to change the decision taken by the state that rules that illegal immigrants would be debarred from government-paid, pre-natal services.

However, she is not the only one. The Nebraska Appleseed Center claimed that all such women have filed a lawsuit, highlighting that under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, the state should facilitate such services for yet-to-be-born babies.

However, with the state ruling, fears have cropped up over poor women that are unsecured by prenatal care to be rendered at a boosted risk of facing complications during deliveries. Also, they might face higher chances of birth defects for their children, posted Becky Gould, the center’s Executive Director.

The pre-natal care issue had been the most critical issue for the 2010 legislative session and considering the scenario, the debate over it is not expected to placate anytime soon.