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SB5 – Removing Unconstitutional Language in the Delaware Code Related to Abortion

Senator Brian Townsend has introduced SB5 which would align Delaware’s current (and unconstitutional) abortion law with Roe v Wade. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Rep. Debra Heffernan and Rep. Valerie Maglio Longhurst join in as additional Sponsors of this legislation.

The United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases established that access to abortion is a constitutional right and that states may not prohibit abortion prior to viability. As a result of these decisions, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the Attorney General, see Del. Op. Att’y Gen. No. 73-030, § III (Apr. 12, 1973), the Delaware Code’s prohibitions against abortion are unconstitutional, and thus unenforceable. This Act modernizes Delaware’s laws on abortion to be consistent with the scope of the right protected by the United States Constitution and the practice in Delaware for the past 43 years. In doing so, this Act permits the termination of a pregnancy prior to viability, to protect the life or health of the mother, or in the event of serious fetal anomaly.

The bill is pending action in the Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee.

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE CODIFYING U.S. SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT RELATING TO THE TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY.


UPDATED: 4/29/17


SPONSORS: Townsend, Henry, Heffernan, Longhurst, Bushweller, Cloutier, Hansen, McDowell, Poore, Sokola, Baumbach, Bentz, Hudson, Kowalko, Lynn, Osienski, Paradee, B. Short, Viola


YES VOTES: SENATEBushweller, CloutierEnnis, Hansen, Henry, McBride, McDowell, Poore, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh


NO VOTES: SENATE: DelCollo, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Simpson [Bonini was absent, Lavelle and Marshall did not vote]


HISTORY: Passed the Senate 11-7-1-2.


STATUS: Assigned to the House Health & Human Development Committee


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2 comments on “SB5 – Removing Unconstitutional Language in the Delaware Code Related to Abortion

  1. Is the Hudson listed as a cosponser Deborah Hudson? I can’t think of any other GA members with that name so I assume it would have to be, but the name is colored to seem like a Democrat.

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