DOVER, Delaware, June 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a contentious 22-16 vote, the Delaware state House of Representatives passed legislation legalizing abortion in the event that Roe v Wade is one day overturned.
Previous to the infamous Roe decision, abortion was illegal in the majority of states, including Delaware. The state’s pro-life laws were still in place until Tuesday.
Senator Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, was behind Senate Bill 5, which passed in May and puts into state law what the U.S. Supreme Court already judicially forced upon the nation in 1973.
Pro-abortionists are worried that if President Trump appoints another conservative to the Supreme Court, Roe could be overturned.
SB 5 strips the state of its ban on abortion after 20 weeks and codifies that abortion is limitless until and unless the abortionist decides the baby could live outside her mother's womb without “extraordinary medical measures.”
Pro-lifers say the Delaware bill's “extraordinary measures” clause will effectively allow late-term abortions and that abortionists would now have a financial conflict of interest in determining when a baby is viable.
SB 5 also rescinds the state's 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and overrules informed consent and parental consent laws.
Planned Parenthood lobbied legislators to enact the bill.
Republicans tried to amend SB 5 to ban late-term abortions and keep informed consent, but were effectively stopped by Democrats.
Delaware Gov. John Carney, a Democrat, has promised to sign the pro-abortion legislation. Four other states have now passed laws codifying abortion in case Roe is overruled.