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The second type of abortion performed at the medical
center, between a woman's seventh and twelfth weeks of
pregnancy, is a suction abortion-performed only in a hos
pital. Suction abortions at the medical center cost $270.
The medical center also performs a saline abortion. The
procedure, performed between a woman's fifteenth and
twentieth weeks of pregnancy, involves instilling salt
water into the patient's uterus. Saline abortions at the
medical center cost $440.
Before performing any type of abortion, the medical
center tries to get spousal consent or parental consent if
the patient is a minor.
Consent law unclear
"The law dealing with minors and parental consent is
not real clear," Adam said, "so we get parental permission
just to protect ourselves and to make sure nothing we do
Weston does not seek spousal consent before perform
ing an abortion.
"If it seemed important to the patient for me to talk to
her spouse, I certainly would" he said. "But I don't think
I would seek him out otherwise." However, parental con
, sent is needed before performing abortions on minors,
Of three hospitals in out-state Nebraska, Chadron Com
munity Hospital, St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island and
West Nebraska General Hospital in Scottsbluff, two main
tain no-abortion policies.
No specific policy
According to Peg Lewis, director of nursing at Chadron
Community Hospital, the hospital has no specific abortion
policy and only one abortion has been performed at Chad
ron Community Hospital in the past six months.
Sister Francis Ann, administrator at St. Francis Hos
pital in Grand Island, said abortions are not performed in
"I think we have the right to refuse abortions on reli
gious grounds," she said.
Refusing elective abortions is the policy of the West
Nebraska General Hospital's board of trustees, Duane
Kroeger, hospital vice president, said.
"People express opinions on both sides of the issue,"
Kroeger said. "This is mainly a moral issue of the board of
trustees." Referrals of all types from West Nebraska
General Hospital go to Cheyenne, Denver or Omaha, he
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