Delaware Senate Passes Bill Keeping Abortion Legal if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 10, 2017   |   12:10PM   |   Washington, DC

The Delaware State Senate has approved legislation keeping abortions legal if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

While many states have passed pro-life legislation to ban abortions immediately if and when the controversial Supreme Court decision is reversed, Delaware is moving in the opposite direction.

Because pro-abortion legislators in the Delaware Senate are worried that President Donald Trump will appoint another Supreme Court Justice who is open to reversing the infamous pro-abortion decision, they approved legislation that would keep abortion legal in the state should such a circumstance arise.

If Roe v. Wade is ever overturned it would be a huge victory for the pro-life movement and its mission to protect unborn children from abortion. However overturning Roe would leave a patchwork of laws across the nation where many states provide legal protection for unborn children from abortion while others like Delaware would keep abortion legal.

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As the Associated Press reported about the bill:

The current law allows abortions only if the mother’s health is at risk or if the pregnancy results from rape or incest. The law also prohibits abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires parental consent for girls under 18.

State Lawmakers feared a shift in the U.S. Supreme Court under the Trump Administration could threaten a woman’s right to choose, which is why sponsors of Senate Bill 5 say it is urgent to modernize Delaware’s law on abortion to be in line with what’s protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The bill will make it’s way to the House next.