What You Need to Know:

 

The following summary are bills we’ve highlighted that are specific to our focus, expertise, and interests, or made it to our watch list. To view the actual bill language or see who is sponsoring it, the bill title is linked for your convenience.  Green means we support the bill, red means we oppose it, and those with no official stance are simply in blue.

The bills are listed in numerical order. 

Bill statuses will either be listed as passed, signed, defeated, or expired. A bill that was defeated was voted down during session. A bill that expired was not voted down necessarily, but is now dead because the session is over. 

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Life

Bill Status: DEFEATED

Senate Resolution 24 was NOT a bill. As a reminder — A “resolution” is a statement of recognition that communicates what the legislative body is saying it collectively values

SR 24 confirmed truths that every legislator should support, stating that “every individual has the right to an equal opportunity for success”, that “our nation’s Declaration of Independence declares that our rights come from our Creator”, and that “as elected officials we are called upon to set an example of respect for human life.”

All of the Democrat Senators rejected these truths. Because the majority voted against it, this resolution DID NOT pass. 

Bill Status: EXPIRED

This Act would require a woman who is seeking an abortion to be offered the opportunity to view and ask questions about an imaging ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the baby before proceeding with an abortion procedure. The woman would be able to refuse the ultrasound and fetal heart tone services, but the bill requires the physician to offer it. Just like any procedure where something is removed from the body, providing this service would ensure that women are informed before making such a life altering decision. 

Bill Status: PASSED

In the middle of divisive conversations in the legislature about human life and dignity both before birth and after death, it is refreshing to see a resolution like this pass unanimously. It was also a reminder that supporters for life care for life AT ALL stages

SCR 109 is a resolution. A resolution is not a bill or a policy; it’s a value the legislature wants to communicate. In this case SCR 109 recognizes those who open their homes to children in foster care. 

Not every child in foster care is eligible for adoption for multiple reasons, but are especially in need of a caring home even if only temporary. Becoming a foster parent is a special calling that even more Christians should prayerfully consider as a mission field, and an opportunity to impart Christ’s love to these children.

Bill Status: EXPIRED

Supporters of assisted suicide refer to it as “dignity in dying” a “compassionate choice.” PLEASE BEWARE! What supporters of this bill do not talk about are the loopholes that create amazing opportunities for fraud and abuse, and a culture of death in Delaware’s healthcare system. Read more about HB140 and why it must be defeated.

Bill Status: SIGNED

Organ donation is a life-saving procedure and can often be the last hope for the critically ill. Though a person can donate an organ while living, many donations are made after the donor’s passing. This bill protects a person’s ability to obtain insurance regardless of their status as an organ donor. 

Bill Status: EXPIRED

SB 235 would legally protect the life of unborn babies after 20 weeks, on the basis of the babies feeling the pain of the violent abortion procedure. 

Medical evidence overwhelmingly suggests that children can feel pain while in the womb, even as early as 16 weeks! Doctors routinely administer anesthesia to unborn babies when surgeries are performed in utero.

SB 235 is a step towards recognizing the humanity of the unborn babiesDelaware Code already recognizes the death of 20 week old babies with Lorenzo’s Law, a provision that gives families state issued birth certificates to recognize the life of babies that are stillborn or miscarried at 20 weeks or later. SB 235 is a sensible continuation of that policy.

Bill Status: SIGNED

HB 320 expands access to this kind of abortion by allowing more than just a medical doctor to prescribe this nasty, dangerous pill. It would also allow physician assistants (PA) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) — who are also employed by school-based health centers — to prescribe this pill as well. 

You, Me, DE Voters … we are the only barrier to this abortion obsessed ideology!

This bill has dangerous implications, particularly for young girls. There is nothing stopping APRN’s and PA’s in school-based health centers from providing reproductive healthcare at the discretion of the school board.

Bill Status: EXPIRED

This amendment, filed right before the last day of session, would have enshrined abortion into the Delaware constitution. The proposed amendment would have created the “right” to “reproductive autonomy.” The amendment stated that it is “fundamental to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course.” 

Doesn’t that last line seem hypocritical when the preborn person in the womb isn’t afforded that same right to determine their own life course? Instead, their life is at the mercy of the very person most able to protect them from harm while at their most vulnerable state in life. 

Bill Status: SIGNED

In contrast to SB 235 which would have limited abortions, HB 455 would make Delaware an abortion hotspot in our country.

HB 320, which allows APRNs and physician assistants to prescribe dangerous chemical abortion pills, passed prior to this one. HB 320’s supporters reassured that this would only open APRNs up to provide chemical abortions.

That assertion was short-lived as HB 455 allows those APRNs along with nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants to perform any type of abortions — including surgical.

HB 455 makes it clear that “reproductive health services” is their code specifically for “abortion.”

To make matters worse, as a direct response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, HB 455 protects Delaware abortion providers from liability for performing abortions on out-of-state patients, encouraging women from pro-life states to kill their babies here, at their own risk.

Bill Status: EXPIRED

HB 460 would enshrine the “right to privacy” in Delaware’s Constitution. Remember that rights protected in the Constitution are given the highest weight of the law.

This so-called right to privacy will clash with religious liberty, parental rights, the right to and dignity of human life, and many others.

The “right to privacy” is used to support …

  • the “right” to abortion, based on the premise used in Roe v. Wade.
  • the “right” to assisted suicide.
  • a direct invitation and open door for teachers to potentially teach comprehensive sex education (based on the cases mentioned in HB 460’s synopsis).
  • a child’s right to “privacy” — meaning, parents can be excluded from their child’s medical information or school information. Remember our discussion about HB 400?
  • et cetera …

The most dangerous implications of HB 460 are that it will enshrine abortion in Delaware constitution, and severely restrict parental rights when they conflict with their child’s “privacy.”

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