SB5 is a bill that repeals Delaware’s anti-abortion statutes that are still on the books but are unenforceable due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Current state law says abortions are only allowed if the mother’s life is at risk; if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest; or if there is a “substantial risk” that the child will have serious deformities or disabilities. The current state law also says that pregnancies cannot be terminated after 20 weeks and requires parental consent if the person seeking the abortion is under age 18. These laws would be changed to follow the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade framework.
Indeed, the specific legislative language that will replace the current law is as follows:
A physician may not terminate, attempt to terminate, or assist in the termination or attempt at termination of a human pregnancy otherwise than by birth after viability, unless, in the good faith medical judgment of the physician, the termination is necessary for the protection of the woman’s life or health or in the event of a fetal anomaly for which there is not a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the uterus without extraordinary medical measures.
The Senate passed this bill 11-7. Contact your State Representative if you want this bill to pass. Because the right sure is.