Some lawmakers are taking steps to make sure abortion would remain legal in Delaware even if a future Supreme Court — stacked with President Donald Trump's nominees — overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that made the procedure legal nationwide.
Delaware law technically says abortion is illegal except in a few circumstances, but the 1973 ruling made that ban unenforceable. With the possibility looming that Roe could be overturned, Sen. Bryan Townsend and other legislators want to formally create legal protections for women who want to get an abortion.
"We should have done this decades ago," said Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark. "I believe that we have a responsibility to women across Delaware not to have their rights be invalidated by an extreme shift in Washington."
Abortion is one of the most emotionally-charged debates in American politics, pitting those who believe the practice is murder against those who believe women should have control of their own bodies.