Delaware has signed a landmark law bill eliminating all restrictions on women who want to seek an abortion. The state law now allows women to exercise the right to opt for abortion irrespective of any future judgment against such rights. In what is also significant, Delaware is the first state to pass the law after President Trump came into the Oval Office.
A clear stance against the President's campaign promise
By passing this law, Delaware has taken a clear and strong stance against the President, whose campaign promise included a vow to nominate Supreme Court judges to set aside the decision in 1973 explicitly stating that women's right to abortion is an indisputable constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment.
During the Presidential campaign, Trump called his stance 'pro-life' and said that he would nominate 2 or 3 judges who held the same opinions as him to make sure that the landmark decision was overturned. Soon after he took office, Trump also nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Women's organization celebrate the law
No matter how the Supreme Court views things, Delaware women will still have the right to abortion, thanks to the new law. This is being viewed as a proactive measure by the states' lawmakers because if Trump's moves pay off and the Supreme Court does away with the decision given in the Roe vs. Wade case which lays the foundation for the existing law, Delaware may be one of the few places where women will still have this right. Understandably, women and women's rights groups have been celebrating this news jubilantly. Tweets, Facebook messages and other social media message apart, women have also come out on the streets to show their happiness about the new law.
Other states have unsuccessfully tried to implement changes
Delaware is not the only state where the lawmakers think it is important to protect women's rights to opt for abortion. There have been others that have tried to do so but unsuccessfully. In New York, Governor Cuomo tried to get through an amendment to the existing law but it did not succeed. Connecticut was another state where a similar attempt was made but again, met with failure. In some states, there is a partial ban, in the sense that after carrying the baby for a specific term, the mother to be can no longer opt for an abortion.