Three cheers for states doing the right thing/giving the middle finger to Trump!
Delaware is the most recent state stepping forward to protect rights that are at risk in the Trump administration.
The State Senate and House of Representatives have both approved a piece of legislation that will ensure abortion rights in the state, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
According to The Washington Post, this new legislation is even updating the state’s own law.
The current law only allows abortion before 20 weeks of pregnancy, and only if the mother’s health is at risk, if the child would be born with serious disabilities, or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
The new legislation removes any restrictions on abortions before viability (i.e. when the fetus can live outside the womb). After the point of viability, the law permits abortions if, “a doctor determines that an abortion is necessary to protect the woman’s life or health, or that the baby is not likely to survive without extraordinary medical measures.”
In light of the White House’s backwards views on women’s reproductive health, more and more states are taking matters into their own hands. The New York State Senate is currently in the process of passing the “Reproductive Health Act,” which gives women full autonomy over decisions regarding birth control and abortion. Earlier this year, Nevada proposed a law that would allow women to get three months’ worth of birth control at one time.
We’re truly inspired by all of the initiatives around the nation to uphold women’s rights in spite of everything going on around us.