As the Trump administration pushes policies, a general trend has emerged as states began to assert their rights. As the Republican Party wages war on women’s health, Delaware has passed a law to shield abortion rights from Republican attacks.
Senate Bill 5 passed the state House and was signed into law by Democratic Governor John Carney. The bill takes effect immediately. The bill protects women’s rights, and even if the landmark 1973 ruling is overturned, abortion will remain legal in the state.
Representative Debra Heffernan, stated, “Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for 44 years, and we wanted to make sure that Delaware protects that right no matter what happens at the federal level.”
According to Delaware Online, “Abortion was only allowed by the state law if the pregnancy put the life mother’s life at risk, if it is a result of rape or incest, or if there is a substantial risk of grave birth defects. Abortions were banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The new law removes restrictions before a fetus reaches “viability. And repeals the 24-hours waiting period, and the requirement that a parent or guardian give consent for a pregnant minor to receive abortion care.