A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a lower court's decision to block a 2010 Nebraska law that would require mental health screenings for women seeking abortions.
Last year, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted a preliminary injunction to block the law requested by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which said the law could be difficult to comply with and would require doctors to give information irrelevant to abortions.
State officials argued it was designed to help women understand the risks and complications that may accompany abortions.
Under the law, women would be screened for potential mental or physical problems after an abortion.
Nebraskans United for Life challenged Smith Camp's ruling, and on Friday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld her ruling.