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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Omaha

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Omaha, NE. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Omaha's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Omaha. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Omaha, NE. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Omaha,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Omaha, NE, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Omaha, NE.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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A 700,000 square-foot Amazon warehouse in Nebraska was supposed to create 1,000 jobs, but is sitting empty as the company delays opening new facilities

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Less than two years ago, Greater Omaha's Chamber of Commerce touted plans for a 700,000-square-foot Amazon warehouse facility in the Omaha suburb of Papillion. The company expected the project to employ 1,000 people and add more than $200 million to the local economy, according to Omaha Chamber economists.

According to the Nebraska Examiner, despite construction being nearly complete, the facility won't open until 2024 as a dip in e-commerce has Amazon rethinking its massive warehouse portfolio.

"This project remains a crucial piece of our rapidly growing area and we will continue to facilitate its arrival," Veta Jeffery, the president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber told Insider.

Amazon declined to provide a price tag for the Nebraska facility, but plans included about 1,800 parking spots, trailer spaces, and bike racks, the Examiner reports.

In a statement, Amazon said it's still planning to launch the facility, but had to adjust its timing.

"We know the Papillion community is looking forward to the opportunities we'll be bringing to the area, and we'll share new timing along with information about the great jobs, pay, and comprehensive benefits we'll be offering just as soon as we can," a representative said.

The project joins a growing list of warehouse delays for Amazon. Brian Olsavsky, the CFO of Amazon, told reporters in April that the company is now stuck with "too much space" after adding to its real-estate empire between 2020 and 2022 to keep up with the pandemic-fueled surge in e-commerce demand.

Amazon is reportedly planning to sublet up to 30 million square feet of warehouse space or renegotiate leases, likely affecting warehouses in New York, New Jersey, Southern California, and Atlanta.

In June, Insider reported that Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon, was dissatisfied with Dave Clark, the company's former worldwide-consumer CEO, who the company viewed as responsible for Amazon's warehouse overexpansion, overstaffing, and spiraling costs.

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Can viral infections lead to neurological disorders?

We've known that viral infections can be associated with neurological disorders for years. Some of the most common neuro-related diseases caused by viral infections include measles, meningitis, post-infectious encephalomyelitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, chickenpox and polio. Fortunately, these conditions are now rare or nearly nonexistent, thanks to routine immunizations.The development of neurological disorders related to viral infections still occurs, however. Why some viral infections are associated with neurological co...

We've known that viral infections can be associated with neurological disorders for years. Some of the most common neuro-related diseases caused by viral infections include measles, meningitis, post-infectious encephalomyelitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, chickenpox and polio. Fortunately, these conditions are now rare or nearly nonexistent, thanks to routine immunizations.

The development of neurological disorders related to viral infections still occurs, however. Why some viral infections are associated with neurological conditions is complex and still under intense research.

"Even today, our knowledge of viruses is limited, knowing that we are surrounded by so many viruses that we don't even know about," says Rana Zabad, MD, Nebraska Medicine neurologist. "It is important to note that besides vaccines that are known to decrease the risk of acquiring an infection, there is no specific measure to prevent the progression to a neurological disorder. Additionally, we still don't know why some people will develop neurological issues after contracting a virus, and some don't. But we think that those who do may be genetically predisposed."

A common virus that is known to affect 90 to 95% of the population worldwide and may increase a person's risk for multiple sclerosis is the Epstein-Barr infection. A recent study by the National Institutes for Health found that individuals who contracted Epstein-Barr that progressed to infectious mononucleosis sometime during their lives were 32 times more likely to develop MS.

"While almost everyone acquires Epstein-Barr, most people are asymptomatic," says Dr. Zabad. "Only a small fraction of people will go on to develop infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Mono typically occurs in individuals who acquire the virus later in adolescence (after ten years of age) or young adulthood."

In addition to MS, cases of Epstein-Barr that progress to mono, are also associated with other inflammatory neurologic disorders in children and adults such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, transverse myelitis, encephalitis, meningitis and cranial nerve palsies such as Bell's palsy, notes Dr. Zabad. While these are all treatable conditions, they may leave the affected person with limitations.

There are several mechanisms that occur during a viral infection that may be associated with progression to neurological disorders.

When viruses and microorganisms invade the body, they can infect various organs and cause mild problems to more severe illnesses. Sometimes these viruses can directly invade the nervous system, such as is the case with meningitis or encephalitis.

"This direct infection may generate an inflammatory response throughout the body that can be further damaging," explains Dr. Zabad. "A current example is COVID-19, which can cause an inflammatory response that is responsible for clotting disorders that have led to strokes."

There is also an indirect effect that may occur in predisposed people. This is called molecular mimicry. Following the viral infection, molecules are left behind similar to those found in the body and nervous system. In some cases, the immune system may become confused and mistakenly attack similar molecules in the healthy nervous system.

"The scientific community is one step forward in understanding one of the many, yet important factors that might associate neurological disorders with viral infections," says Dr. Zabad.

Need a specialist? To schedule an appointment with one of our neurologists or other specialists, call 800.922.0000.

UNO’s NE STEM 4U Program Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

The STEM TRAIL Center receives recognition of programs that are making a difference for all underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Today, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s NE STEM 4U Program received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist stude...

The STEM TRAIL Center receives recognition of programs that are making a difference for all underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Today, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s NE STEM 4U Program received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). UNO will be featured in the September 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

A.T. Miller, Ph.D., UNO’s Chief Diversity Officer celebrated the recognition. “I am deeply impressed by the many existing resources that not only advance DEAI efforts on the UNO campus but reach into the community to create the pipelines that will define the future of higher education in our metropolitan area,” Miller said. “The STEM TRAIL Center is transforming the fields toward full participation and unleashing the potential for much greater excellence in STEM across the board. This kind of outreach and collaboration is exceptional and should be recognized and shared nationally!”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected UNO’s NE STEM 4U Program because of its steadfast contribution to serving the broader community through active engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. The program partners with schools that are under resourced in staffing, active engagement, and quality programming in STEM areas. It relies on collaboration between the university, K-12 partners, and non-profit partners to make the program a success.

Since its inception in 2012, the program has expanded access in the STEM pipeline, creating pathways and opportunities for nearly 8,000 youth and mentorship opportunities for 200 undergraduate students who are persons of races or ethnicities that are often underrepresented in the field.

Within its design, the mutually beneficial nature of the program helps UNO retain more students in STEM through graduation while fostering curiosity and interest in STEM career pathways among youth. Previously published research on the program identified gains in STEM content knowledge, improved achievement in STEM areas among underprivileged youth, and overall advancement in fostering communitywide curiosity, inquiry, and scientific thinking.

Furthermore, undergraduate students serving as mentors in the program have been shown to outperform their peers in critical thinking with the program having a 97% retention rate to graduation, notably higher than the national average of 40-60%.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, said. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

For more information about the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

'Transportation is everything': New I-80 interchange plans ramp up in Sarpy County

GRETNA, Neb. —The drive to add an interchange to Interstate 80 through the western half of the Omaha metro is ramping up, but the process to get it done has plenty of speed bumps along the way."This is the start of a very long process to use federal money to actually build a new access point on the interstate," said Mike Helgerson, the executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.It's toward the end of a Planning and Environmental Linkages study focused on I-80 between High...

GRETNA, Neb. —

The drive to add an interchange to Interstate 80 through the western half of the Omaha metro is ramping up, but the process to get it done has plenty of speed bumps along the way.

"This is the start of a very long process to use federal money to actually build a new access point on the interstate," said Mike Helgerson, the executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

It's toward the end of a Planning and Environmental Linkages study focused on I-80 between Highway 370 (mile marker 439) and Highway 31 (mile marker 432). Public comment wrapped up in August and Helgerson hopes to have the PEL ready for review by December.

"It's really an effort to balance the demand between existing interchanges," Helgerson said.

Anyone familiar with rush hour in the area knows both on-ramps and exit ramps can get crowded during morning and evening rush hours. According to MAPA, by current traffic standards, exits 432 and 439 fail to meet today's demand. The 2021 data from the Nebraska Department of Transportation shows the seven-mile stretch of interstate averages about 53,500 vehicles per day.

"Growth happens rapidly and then it gets to a point where it becomes exponential," said former Gretna mayor and current Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren.

That stretch of I-80 cuts through the western portion of Sarpy County. Nebraska's third largest county has grown by about 35,000 people since 2010, a climb of 22% in the last decade.

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"You need to be able to get people out of this area and onto the interstate to get to Lincoln or Omaha," Warren said.

He also joked that he hopes a new interchange is built in his lifetime.

"We're not building an interchange tomorrow," said Helgerson "At a minimum, it'll be five to 10 years before we start to see anything happen."

The PEL focuses on costs, community impacts, environmental impacts, and potential locations. The front-runner right now appears to be an area around 192nd street near the Capehart Road overpass.

"Transportation is everything," Warren said. "It's not just your location; it's how do you get from your location to where you need to go?"

Warren said he's heard costs would likely be at least $20 million. When asked, Helgerson said tens of millions of dollars.

"The sooner, the better," Warren said.

Sarpy County has budgeted $70,000 in 2023 for the next step in the process: an Interstate Justification Report, or IJR.

"That IJR process is really requesting from the federal government a new access point," said Helgerson, who mentioned the process could take a couple of years.

As for who pays for the potential project, the costs would be shared. The federal government could pay for up to 80% of the tab, according to Helgerson.

According to N-DOT, the Omaha metro hasn't seen a new I-80 interchange since 1992. But the next one could still be a decade away.

It's a slow process to steer growth in the right direction.

A Nebraska woman is charged with helping her daughter have an abortion

OMAHA, Nebraska — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward.The prosecutor handling the case said it's the first time he has charged anyone for illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks, a restriction that was passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states weren't allowed to ...

OMAHA, Nebraska — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward.

The prosecutor handling the case said it's the first time he has charged anyone for illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks, a restriction that was passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states weren't allowed to enforce abortion bans until the point at which a fetus is considered viable outside the womb, at roughly 24 weeks.

In one of the Facebook messages, Jessica Burgess, 41, tells her then 17-year-old daughter that she has obtained abortion pills for her and gives her instructions on how to take them to end the pregnancy.

The daughter, meanwhile, "talks about how she can't wait to get the 'thing' out of her body," a detective wrote in court documents. "I will finally be able to wear jeans," she says in one of the messages. Law enforcement authorities obtained the messages with a search warrant, and detailed some of them in court documents.

In early June, the mother and daughter were only charged with a single felony for removing, concealing or abandoning a body, and two misdemeanors: concealing the death of another person and false reporting. It wasn't until about a month later, after investigators reviewed the private Facebook messages, that they added the felony abortion-related charges against the mother. The daughter, who is now 18, is being charged as an adult at prosecutors' request.

Burgess' attorney didn't immediately respond to a message Tuesday, and the public defender representing the daughter declined to comment.

When first interviewed, the two told investigators that the teen had unexpectedly given birth to a stillborn baby in the shower in the early morning hours of April 22. They said they put the fetus in a bag, placed it in a box in the back of their van, and later drove several miles north of town, where they buried the body with the help of a 22-year-old man.

The man, whom The Associated Press is not identifying because he has only been charged with a misdemeanor, has pleaded no contest to helping bury the fetus on rural land his parents own north of Norfolk in northeast Nebraska. He's set to be sentenced later this month.

In court documents, the detective said the fetus showed signs of "thermal wounds" and that the man told investigators the mother and daughter did burn it. He also wrote that the daughter confirmed in the Facebook exchange with her mother that the two would "burn the evidence afterward." Based on medical records, the fetus was more than 23 weeks old, the detective wrote.

Burgess later admitted to investigators to buying the abortion pills "for the purpose of instigating a miscarriage."

At first, both mother and daughter said they didn't remember the date when the stillbirth happened, but according to the detective, the daughter later confirmed the date by consulting her Facebook messages. After that he sought the warrant, he said.

Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith told the Lincoln Journal Star that he's never filed charges like this related to performing an abortion illegally in his 32 years as the county prosecutor. He didn't immediately respond to a message from the AP on Tuesday.

The group National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which supports abortion rights, found 1,331 arrests or detentions of women for crimes related to their pregnancy from 2006 to 2020.

In addition to its current 20-week abortion ban, Nebraska tried — but failed — earlier this year to pass a so-called trigger law that would have banned all abortions when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

A Facebook spokesman declined to talk about the details of this case, but the company has said that officials at the social media giant "always scrutinize every government request we receive to make sure it is legally valid."

Facebook says it will fight back against requests that it thinks are invalid or too broad, but the company said it gave investigators information in about 88% of the 59,996 times when the government requested data in the second half of last year.

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