Christian News — Lawmakers in Delaware have passed a bill that would ensure that abortion remains legal in the state should the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturn Roe v. Wade.
The House passed Senate Bill 5 on Tuesday, which amended current law that made it illegal for abortions to be performed except in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. The law had been considered unenforceable following the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade.
“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,” a synopsis of the bill explains. “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 measure had been hotly debated in the legislature, with some lawmakers asserting that they support a mother’s “right to choose” despite their feelings on the issue, and others stating that abortion is murder and therefore is not a lawful choice.
“This legislation ensures that physicians have the ability to provide the care that’s compassionate [and] medically appropriate under the circumstance,” remarked Rep. Deb Heffernan, D-Bellefonte.
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