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Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Delaware Candidate Endorsements and Survey Responses

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Delaware's endorsements for the 2022 cycle are as follows:

U.S. House: Lisa Blunt Rochester
Attorney General: Kathy Jennings
Treasurer: Colleen Davis
Auditor: Lydia York
Senatorial District 1: Sarah McBride
Senatorial District 3: Tizzy Lockman
Senatorial District 4: Laura Sturgeon
Senatorial District 5: Kyle Evans Gay
Senatorial District 6: Russ Huxtable
Senatorial District 7: Spiros Mantzavinos
Senatorial District 8: Dave Sokola
Senatorial District 9: Jack Walsh
Senatorial District 10: Stephanie Hansen
Senatorial District 11: Bryan Townsend
Senatorial District 12: Nicole Poore
Senatorial District 13: Marie Pinkney
Senatorial District 14: Kyra Hoffner
Senatorial District 17: Trey Paradee
Senatorial District 18: Billy Devary
Senatorial District 21: Sonja Mehaffey
Representative District 1: Nnamdi Chukwuocha
Representative District 3: Sherry Dorsey Walker
Representative District 4: Keegan Worley
Representative District 5: Kendra Johnson
Representative District 6: Deb Heffernan
Representative District 7: Larry Lambert
Representative District 8: Sherae'a "Rae" Moore
Representative District 9: Terrell Williams
Representative District 12: Krista Griffith
Representative District 13: DeShanna Neal
Representative District 14: Pete Schwartzkopf
Representative District 15: Valerie Longhurst
Representative District 17: Melissa Minor-Brown
Representative District 18: Sophie Phillips
Representative District 20: Stell Parker Selby
Representative District 21: Frank Burns
Representative District 23: Paul Baumbach
Representative District 24: Ed Osienski
Representative District 25: Cyndie Romer
Representative District 26: Madinah Wilson-Anton
Representative District 27: Eric Morrison
Representative District 31: Sean Lynn
Representative District 32: Kerri Evelyn Harris
Representative District 39: Susan Clifford
Representative District 41: Joseph DiPasquale

The above individuals agreed substantively with PPAFDE's questionnaire on reproductive rights. Candidates not listed either did not return the survey or disagreed with PPAFDE's stance on at least 10% of the questions. Survey responses for all candidates who replied, including some who did not receive an endorsement, are below.

It's time to elect candidates committed to protecting access to basic health care and reproductive rights for all Delaware residents!

Federal and statewide

Candidates for Congress, attorney general, treasurer, and auditor

Attorney general candidate Kathy Jennings

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent Attorney General

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. In response to the decision my office has launched a helpline providing free legal advice about abortion access to people who live in and outside the state.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware has taken several steps to expand access--such as the new law broadening eligible providers--and I've been proud to support and defend all of them, in court or in the public. There is always more any of us can do. As mentioned above, one new project my office has announced is a partnership with several law firms to provide abortion-related free legal services to anyone (patient, provider, etc.) who want it.

Treasurer candidate Colleen Davis

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent, currently overseeing investments of over $10.5 billion.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. Although I support providing access, I believe we should make every effort to keep children safe and not foster a method of protecting the identity of predators.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Partner with stakeholders and support programs to provide wrap around care and options to individuals. Consider expanding financial incentives for attracting talented health professionals.

U.S. House of Representatives candidate Lisa Blunt Rochester

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services, Secretary of Labor, and State Personnel Director, CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, current Congresswoman, member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Health Subcommittee, parent, and former Planned Parenthood patient

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I am a proud cosponsor and supporter of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which will restore the right to abortion nationwide and ensure that all Americans can make decision about their own lives and futures. I also proudly cosponsored and supported the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act, which will ensure that no person can be restricted from traveling across state lines to obtain a lawful abortion. This bill will also protect health care providers who provide abortion services that are lawful in their state. I have fought to ensure doctors and health care providers can perform lifesaving abortions when the health of the mother is jeopardized by successfully urging the Biden Administration to make clear that federal law protects providers who offer abortion services in emergency situations. Lastly, I have led efforts to ensure that primary care providers have the knowledge and resources to offer quality reproductive counseling and family planning services to better help people decide when and if they want to become pregnant.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I strongly oppose this decision and I am a proud cosponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, which would not only reverse the horrible Dobbs decision, but expand and guarantee access to abortion.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. The freedom to decide if and when to get pregnant is a fundamental right. Therefore, unrestrained access to all types of contraception, including emergency contraception, is critical. The Supreme Court’s decision to strip away the constitutional right to abortion opens the door to future radical challenges to the right to contraception. This is why I cosponsored and voted for H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act, to establish a statutory right to obtain and use contraception.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. The Women’s Health Protection Act that I strongly support would restore abortion access nationwide by making clear that people have a statutory right to an abortion free from state bans, limitations or restrictions that exist to block access.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. Current Medicaid policy disproportionately affects low-income women and women of color. Therefore, I am a strong supporter of the EACH Act which would repeal the federal restriction that prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortion except when the life of the woman would be endangered by carrying the pregnancy to term.This would expand access to abortion and reproductive planning to all people, regardless of income.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. As a member of the bipartisan Black Maternal Health Caucus, I am a co-lead of the groundbreaking Momnibus Act which is a comprehensive legislative strategy to reduce maternal and infant health disparities in Delaware and nationwide. I am also the author of the Moms Matter Act which would expand maternal mental health and substance use services to reduce disparities experienced by mothers.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade impacts us all but disproportionately affects women of color, young women, poor women, and rural women. With that in mind, I am proud that Delaware is a state where abortion access will be maintaned. It is critical that we make it easier to access care and that requires the recruitment of more health care professionals to our state and investing in telehealth services. It is also important that we provide accurate information on all platforms and clear guidance for patients and providers. Lastly, we must make abortion care affordable and that is why I support expanding Medicaid coverage of abortion care.

U.S. House of Representatives candidate Cody R. McNutt

Party: Libertarian

Relevant experience: several years working with the party

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. government involvement should be removed.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. the government should not be involved in the issue

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

No. the government should not be involved.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

No. it is already available over the counter.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. the government should not be involved.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

No. the government should not be mandating the purchase of a product or service.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

No. other situations are an elective procedure.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

No. this was too vague for me to answer.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

No. the current level of availability to adults is fine.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

No. there is an issue other than the color of one's skin involved here. the colore of skin needs to be dropped as a talking point & the actual issue needs to be addressed.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

No. no one has the right to a service performed by another person.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

It is already so legal in Delaware the one doesn't even have to be a physician to perform one.

Auditor candidate Lydia York

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Training and education. I'm a CPA, I have an MBA from the Wharton School. I'm currently a practicing attorney.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. While not seeking legislative office, I support women's full access to sexual and reproductive health.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. This decision places a number of privacy rights in jeopardy. This is the first time a SCOTUS has restricted rights previously found. I believe it to be wrongly decided.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. Access to abortion is healthcare access and should not be impeded except for necessary safety measures.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I am against restrictions that limit personal autonomy on account of economic circumstances.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. I am against restrictions that limit personal autonomy on account of economic circumstances.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. I have never seen a concrete case or topic where more education was harmful to the student,

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I support full, unfettered access to healthcare.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. Such disparities should not be tolerated, However, an honest review of the practices that contribute to this disparity should be published and made available to legislators.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware needs to attract the healthcare providers it needs to provide safe access to reproductive healthcare. a review of professional credentialling in this area would be a first step.

State Senate

Candidates for the Delaware Senate

1st Senatorial District candidate Sarah McBride

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Current State Senator, Previously Nation Press Secretary for Human Rights Campaign

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I'm proud to have worked on and co-sponsored several bills this legislature that support sexual and reproductive health care.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I'm proud of the progress we've seen in Delaware over the last few years, from the codification of Roe to this year's legislation expanding providers able to provide abortion care and protecting patients and providers alike from out-of-state draconian policies. We know, however, that more work remains. I fully support requiring private insurance to cover abortion care and believe we should remove the bar on Medicaid funding for abortion care. Financial barriers are still barriers and no one should be forced to forgo any health care because they can't afford it.

3rd Senatorial District candidate Elizabeth Lockman

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent, community organizer, nonprofit admin

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have done so in the past

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Supporting legislation that prohibits states that have limited access to reproductive care from interfering with our ability to provide that care to residents of the limiting state.

4th Senatorial District candidate Laura Sturgeon

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent State Senator

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I co-sponsored all the bills expanding access to reproductive health care this session, including the bill to allow APRNs to prescribe medication abortion pills and the bill to allow them to perform procedural abortions.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. The Dobbs decision overturned 50 years of precedent and in so doing left millions of women vulnerable who live in states where abortion is now severely restricted.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. As a teenager many years ago, I benefited from Planned Parenthood's sliding scale reproductive health care and I want that for today's young people and others who need it.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. When I was a sexually active teenager, I had peace of mind knowing that I could access an abortion without having to notify my parents. I am dismayed that Delaware now requires parental notification (although, thankfully, not permission) and would support returning to a time when such notification was not required.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. 

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. As a teacher, I had several trans students over the years, and it was remarkable how much happier they were when they were permitted to obtain hormone therapy, use their authentic names, with support from their families and peers. Those whose parents did not allow them to do this, suffered, but later blossomed after they turned 18 and could proceed without parental permission.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. I voted for all the affectionately called Momnibus bills that came to the Senate floor.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I was a co-sponsor of the amendment filed at the end of June 2022.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Open more facilities that provide abortions and incentivize practitioners to work there through loan repayment programs. Continue expanding scope of practice for APRNs and allow pharmacists to prescribe abortion medication.

5th Senatorial District candidate Kyle Evans Gay

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Attorney and State Senator serving since 2020

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I have introduced a state constitutional amendment that would fully protect reproductive autonomy, including abortion care.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

To secure abortion and rights to reproductive care, Delaware should adopt both a reproductive autonomy state constitutional amendment and a state constitutional amendment to provide equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. To expand access to abortion care, Delaware should require insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortion services, fund training for medical providers, and fund organizations - like Planned Parenthood and abortion funds - that provide and facilitate care for those otherwise unable to access care.

6th Senatorial District candidate Russ Huxtable

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: For the last 25 years I have been involved housing and community development issues building relationships at all levels of government from local, county, state and federal to foster positive outcomes.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I supported the efforts of the State government and would look to strengthen those rights if elected.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. It was a dangerous ruling that put many individuals at risk, and the opinion of the justices opened the door to so many other things that are foundational rights.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. It's a fundamental right to privacy. Codifying is good to a point. Consitutional protections are better. The General Assembly could shift over time and things that were codified could be weakened or challenged if the legislature changes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Let's ensure that those practitioners are protected both at their place of work, then also if they do treat a patient from another state. We need to ensure they are safe from prosecution elsewhere. We could make it easier to open more facilities. We could also recruit and retain practitioners by offering loan forgiveness. Further, more than half of abortions are performed by medication. Let's ensure access to those medications are protected and available.

7th Senatorial District candidate Spiros Mantzavinos

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent State Senator

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. Should I be re-elected, as with any legislation, I would first read the specifics of the proposed legislation prior to agreeing to serve as a sponsor

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I believe Roe should still be the law of the land and am proud that Delaware took prudent steps to codify the right to an abortion in our code prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs. In the face of that ruling, I supported legislation that would expand access to both surgical and medical abortions here in Delaware, while codifying protections for those who seek reproductive health in our state, regardless of how restrictive their home state’s laws are.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. My top priority is the safety of minors and I believe that parents should be involved in a minor’s care. At the same time, I believe that there should be an easy to access vehicle for minors who are in danger to be able to get the reproductive health services they need.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I support state funding for health and preventive care services and reducing the cost sharing burden associated with it. In today’s environment, absent a significant health care reform effort at the national level, I do not foresee eliminating cost sharing in some form.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. As mentioned earlier, should I be re-elected, I would first read the specifics of all proposed legislation before committing to support or not support.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. I support programs that offer age-appropriate education on sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception. I would be willing to advocate for funding to support and expand those programs.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I support guaranteeing equal protection under the law, including around the issue of gender and gender identity. Gender-affirming medical treatments aren’t only legitimate, in many cases they are life-saving. I support the government playing an appropriate role to break down barriers to such care. Again, these are medical decisions to be made between a patient and their doctor.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Over the past several years, Delaware has been a leader in codifying protections for a woman’s right to choose. In the next General Assembly, we must take steps in expanding access to people of all socio-economic backgrounds and other jurisdictions.

8th Senatorial District candidate Dave Sokola

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: 32 years of service in the State Senate

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have co-sponsored and supported numerous bills related to sexual and reproductive health care during my time in office.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. Supported codifying women's choice here in DE.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. I have supported expanding the list of those who can prescribe.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

We should carefully monitor any surge and quickly respond to any needs that arise.

9th Senatorial District candidate Jack Walsh

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: 6 years

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. All people, not just the wealthy, are entitled to comprehensive and quality reproductive health care, delivered with dignity, where cost is never a barrier.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I believe that reproductive healthcare is between a woman and her doctor and entirely her decision.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. Affordable family planning services are essential to health and well-being. We have made important strides but need to continue to charge forward and do more.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. Emergency contraception has the potential to greatly reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in the United States. However, that potential is largely unrealized because most women are unaware that a back-up method is available and most health care providers do not routinely discuss emergency contraception with their patients. To address this situation, medical and public health groups should target awareness initiatives, and policymakers in Congress should introduce legislation to fund a nationwide public education campaign.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. Teens should be able to make this choice without outside interference and pressure from their parents. Telling parents sometimes doesn't improve family communication but rather delays appropriate medical care thus increasing the number of teen births. However, I feel that parents should also be teaching the teen responsibility for their actions and about sex and pregnancy, birth control and about healthy relationships and healthy choices.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. I do not support restrictions as these laws are designed to shutdown reproductive clinics and make access to safe abortions more difficult for women.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. While Delaware follows the federal standard and provides for abortions in cases of life endangerment, rape and incest I believe a further conversation is warranted on this issue from advocates to find an appropriate funding solution.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. We need to make sure that women have access to safe and quality care that they need and to stop legislation that overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. These decisions should be made between patient, doctor and family without government interference.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Accurate discussions of LGBT people and issues helps build safer school environments, decreasing the educational, mental and physical harms that LGBT students experience. Implementing LGBT-inclusive sex education would improve school environments for LGBT youth, helping them feel safer and reducing the harmful effects of stigma and discrimination.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I believe that easy access to gender-affirming care will allow people to thrive mentally, personally and professionally.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. Disparities in maternal and infant mortality are rooted in racial bias. Structural racial bias in healthcare and social service delivery means that lower income women often receive poorer quality care. We need to work with our hospitals and healthcare systems to further identify priority strategies that will reduce disparities in pregnancy related mortality.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I was a proud supporter of SB5 in the 149th General Assembly and would be proud to support a state constitutional amendment.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I will continue to support reproductive rights for women and strive to eliminate any and all racial and economic barriers to quality and affordable healthcare for people of all walks of life. As a State Senator, I have been committed to safeguarding and expanding access to comprehensive reproductive health care services to anyone who seeks them in our state, whether they live here or not. We should always prioritize the health and safety of patients seeking care, those that provide critical abortion services, and our community partners who continue to fight for reproductive justice.

10th Senatorial District candidate Stephanie Hansen

Party: Democratic

Relevant experience: State Senator for the 10th District since 2017

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have co-sponsored legislation supporting sexual and reproductive health care such as HB 31 and HB 455 in the 151st General Assembly.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I was a co-sponsor of the legislation to codify the principles of Roe v. Wade in the Delaware Code with the successful passage of SS 1 for SB 5 in 2017.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

We should make sure that we have adequate medical personnel available to perform the increased number of procedures and that we protect from liability the persons seeking the procedure to the extent that we can.

11th Senatorial District candidate Bryan Townsend

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Senator, 2012-present, Majority Leader, 2020-present, lead sponsor of SB5

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

 

12th Senatorial District candidate Nicole Poore

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Senator, 2012 to present

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware must do more to increase the number of abortion providers across the state. I support funding sources such as clinical training grants and expanded insurance coverage to boost the number of clinicians that provide this critical healthcare service.

13th Senatorial District candidate Marie Pinkney

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Having completed first term.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I am proud to have cosponsored all such legislation in the 151st GA. I am also proud to be the prime senate sponsor of legislation expanding access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe and administer it. I will continue to look at unique and innovative ways to increase and expand access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware should complete the constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care. Delaware should also provide resources and supports from those coming from unsafe states prior to access abortion.

14th Senatorial District candidate Kyra Hoffner

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Advocating for 10 years, Lobbyist with the LWVDE

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. We need to strengthen out state laws.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. Abortion is health care.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. Preventative care will save the state funds long term.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware is a leader in protecting women rights to heath care. But we have a long way to go. Financial barriers should not be the cause for someone not getting the health care they need that is right for them. We should increase access to all, and those who are under medicaid should have their needs meet without the burned of cost. Insurance companies both state and private should take this seriously are add abortions as a healthcare need. More funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood can help educate out youth on their choices and protection.

17th Senatorial District candidate Trey Paradee

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Delaware House of Representatives (2012 - 2018). Delaware State Senate (2018 - present).

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. Over the 10 years that I have served in the Delaware General Assembly, I have been a steadfast supporter of protecting women's health and reproductive rights and protecting access to abortion services.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I am proud that I was a co-sponsor of SB 5 in 2017. We are fortunate that Planned Parenthood and others advocated for this critical legislation or else we would be in a similar situation as other states that have "trigger laws".

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. As the chair of the Joint Finance Committee, I will use my influence if necessary to ensure that state funding for family planning services remains in the state budget.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. 

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

To be honest, I am not the most qualified person to make suggestions about how to improve access to abortion. When it comes to these matters, I typically look for guidance from female friends and family members, my female colleagues in the General Assembly, and from Planned Parenthood. I believe we made significant progress this year to secure and expand access to abortion with HB 455 and HB 320. I was proud to co-sponsor both pieces of legislation. I am so grateful for the past support of Planned Parenthood, and I will continue to be a staunch supporter of the mission of Planned Parenthood. Thank you.

18th Senatorial District candidate Billy Devary

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Law and medical background

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. Bible says it's better to never been born.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Should be part of Health class.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Sue the Federal government to reverse their Roe vs Wade decision.

21st Senatorial District candidate Sonja Mehaffey

Party: Non-Partisan Delaware

Relevant experience: Citizen Candidate. with a Legal Background

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. The entire reason I got off the couch and ran is because of the Assault on Women's rights.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. NEVER!!! I have some legislation for men if this is how they want to play.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. 100% always will support PP and health services for the underinsured.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. Especially after recent events and the overturning of Roe.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. I believe that teenagers need confidential counseling and available medical care that is not scrutinized .

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. Religious zealots that do nothing for the born have no business legislating against persons or providers.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. I am not opposed, but would like to see the legislation and the language.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Again, would need to see the actual proposed legislation. At what age would this curriculum be introduced? mostly my concern.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. Live and let live, is my motto.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. I believe in equality for all. Racism has no place in this country, let alone in health care.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. STATE? National!!

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Whatever the medical community recommends would be a good place to start the discussion.

State House of Representatives

Candidates for the Delaware House of Representatives
1st Representative District candidate Nnamdi Chukwuocha

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Previous Wilmington city Council representative for the first District state representative from 2018 through present

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Form inter state pacts with those restricted areas to ensure safe, healthy reproductive services are available.

3rd Representative District candidate Sherry Dorsey Walker

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I have served as a State Representative since my election in 2018 and I previously served on the Wilmington City Council in the 6th District.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have already co-prime sponsored legislation to protect women rights.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. A woman should have the right to choice what she desires to do with her own body, not government or the courts.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. Planned parenthood has historically screened for breast and cervical cancers at a high rate. We should continue to ensure that women have access to health care that is available with your organization.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. One's income should not dictate access to quality health care.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. I am in agreement with the aforementioned, while also adding Black History to the expansion.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. A Black Woman should not go to the hospital to have a baby and not return home to raise her child. Black Maternal Health is a real issue that needs to be addressed with care and resources to prevent the deaths of Women of Color during childbirth.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Women are not second-class citizens. As a State Representative, I shall continue working with the colleagues in the General Assembly to ensure that women have access to abortions for unwanted pregnancies. We cannot force a women to have the baby of a rapist for instance. As well, why are some in government concerned about women being forced to have babies and not provide the necessary resources to take care of them, upon the birth of the child.

4th Representative District candidate Keegan Worley

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: High School Teacher/Wrestling Coach/Millersville University Student Government Treasurer, VP

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. In Sussex County, there is only one practicing OB GYN. For women residents of Sussex, this forces them to travel either to different counties or out of state to pursue reproductive health care. As a representative, I will support the Planned Parenthood that just opened in Seaford and continue to support the expansion and practice of Planned Parenthood in Delaware.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. SCOTUS's Dobbs decision stripped millions of women of their fundamental right to bodily autonomy. While Delaware codified Roe back in 2017, our geographic location and recent passage of HB 355 will almost certainly result in an influx of individuals from other states seeking reproductive care in Delaware. I believe that as lawmakers, we must continue to support Planned Parenthood and other women's health organizations so they can meet this growing demand while accommodating in-state residents seeking care.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. As abortion care becomes harder to access, I believe more should be done to make all forms of birth control and emergency contraceptive accessible and affordable.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. While states across the country rush to put onerous and excessive restrictions on abortion care providers and patients, I'm proud to live in one of the few states that has taken action to expand and protect this right. I agree with all provisions of HB 355 and will continue to support reproductive care providers, patients, and organizations.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. Sexual and reproductive health care not only covers abortion and other topics I have listed above in my responses. As the son of a breast cancer survivor, I believe that access to affordable early screenings saves lives and should be covered. My mother would not be here today if she did not catch her cancer early, which we attribute to an accessible screening process.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

No. I am not currently familiar with this statute, so I do not feel comfortable with giving a simple "Yes/No" answer. However, this is something I will look into.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. As a high school educator, sex education is something that has been covered in the schools I have taught in and I believe it needs to be comprehensive and current. I have had students who identify as LGBTQ+ and come out to me on many occasions; my heart breaks for them when they do not have the necessary support they need at home. I believe this education and the supports I plan to implement as a legislator need to be in schools.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. We know that gender-affirming care can save lives. However, I feel that an important component within gender-affirming care is mental healthcare. I believe that adults' healthcare decisions should be made in consultation with their physician, which should include gender-affirming care. I will always be a committed ally to anyone seeking this type of care, but the conversation to receive care should be made with a physician.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. I have been following Rep. Minor-Brown's momnibus package of bills in the DE legislature. I firmly believe she is doing important work in improving this set of statistics. I fully support her efforts and any future efforts to improve the maternal and infant mortality rates in DE. My wife and I do not currently have children. However, this statistic has weighed on our decision to have them.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I believe I have expanded on this in previous questions.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Over the years, Democrats in our state legislature have worked tirelessly on this issue. With recent legislature, abortion is a protected medical right in Delaware. As a candidate in Sussex County, one of my priorities I am running on is to provide incentives for healthcare professionals to live in and practice medicine in Sussex County. I believe that filling our hospitals with competent medical staff aligns with this objective.

4th Representative District candidate Amy S Fresh

Party: Independent Party of Delaware

Relevant experience: Small Business Owner

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. The ruling did not say that States can limit or ban abortion. The U.S Supreme Court ruling returned abortion decisions back to the States where it belongs. Delaware does not ban abortion.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. 

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. I believe we need more public awareness when it comes to safe sex practices & Birth Control it comes to

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

No. I believe we should be educating our youth on safe sex practices and birth control. I believe we should be providing means of healthy / open communication. If we did help to educate & communicate, then a 16 yr. old (and younger) just might not need to access an abortion confidentially. Everything we do in Life comes down to Awareness. Awareness is KEY

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. The State of Delaware protects patients, providers, and organizations

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I support affordable healthcare, early screenings, etc. The State insurance plans would need to be reviewed fully before answering.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

No. I would need to review Medicaid full plan limitation prior to answering.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

No. I put no as this is not a yes/no question. I support sex education at the appropriate age/grade levels

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

No. Again, not a yes/no question. I support all healthcare and decisions made with Family physician, at appropriate age levels,

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. I support maternal & infant health and improving mortality rates

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. Putting yes as your system requires a box checked. Again, not a yes/no question. Abortion care is protected in Delaware. A Rep or Senator would need more information on the State Constitutional Amendment proposed before supporting or even answering this question. We are here to be elected to fully work for, and represent, the people of our District / State. Any State Constitutional Amendments are not based solely on my viewpoints, but the views/concerns of the people I am elected to represent.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

If you expect Delaware to see a surge in patients, then we need to support via public education & access to reproductive healthcare

5th Representative District candidate Kendra Johnson

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Currently a state representative. Life long advocate of reproductive health rights. Starting as a teenager and a recipient of services from PP.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. Yes, doesn’t seem enough to that question. My response is absolutely!

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. Absolutely!

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Be creative with funding and fundraising to ensure that we are able to support those that require access. While Delawareans are safe, it is our responsibility to ensure safety and access to those seeking abortion.

6th Representative District candidate Deb Heffernan

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: State Representative since 2010, previous president Brandywine school district, Delaware mom advocate of the year 2010

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. During my time as state representative I have sponsored numerous proposals to strengthen and expand access to reproductive freedom in Delaware. In the past General Assembly, I was able to expand access to medication abortion by providing APRNs with the ability to prescribe the medication required. I was also a co-prime and active supporter of Rep. Minor-Brown’s HB 455, which provided protections to providers of reproductive health services and patients while expanding the abilities of certain healthcare professionals to terminate pregnancies before viability.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I will always support the Roe decision and the protections it provided to every person capable of becoming pregnant. I’m proud to have been the House lead on the historic 2017 legislation effectively codifying Roe v. Wade into the Delaware Code. Our state became the first in the nation to do so under former President Trump, and it is a relief to know that Delaware will continue to be a safe haven for abortion care after the Dobbs decision. This action has ensured that our state does not face the same uncertainty so many states are currently facing. Those in need of safe, quality healthcare are still able to receive it without interruption. The work is not over - the best way to honor Roe v. Wade is to continue to fight for choice and expand access. Since Roe’s inclusion in the Code I have further expanded access to abortion care and supported initiatives from my fellow legislators, and I will continue to expand access to reproductive healthcare in any way I can.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. Absolutely. Our unintended pregnancy rate was among the highest in the nation in 2010, but has decreased since the state has focused on expanding access to family planning services. At the end of the day, providing women with the ability to plan and make their own reproductive choices yields better results for themselves, their current and future children, and our State. As a former member of the Joint Finance Committee I fought to ensure that state funding continued to cover these critical services and will continue to support these policies.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. After the passage of SB 151 in 2018, our state places requirements on insurers to cover costs for a levonorgestrel-based EC, or Plan B. However, Medicaid currently requires a prescription for Plan B coverage. Name-brand Plan B can cost up to $50. Additionally, other ECs require a prescription, which could bar a patient from receiving contraception better suited to their timing and their body. I believe our State could further reduce occurrences of out of pocket costs and increase access to different emergency contraceptives that are more efficient for their unique situation.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. I firmly believe the policies listed above cause unnecessary delays in the patient’s care and invite politics into their relationship with their trusted healthcare provider. I oppose bills designed to place restrictions on abortion, and I actively utilize my position as a member of the House Health & Human Development Committee to protect our right to abortion when I am able. For example, in March 2021, the House Health & Human Development Committee considered legislation that would require a physician to offer a sonogram to a patient who has decided to terminate their pregnancy. This bill ultimately failed to be released from committee, and I’m proud to have been recorded as a “no” vote.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. Medicaid coverage is a crucial component in ensuring access to abortion care for everyone. Abortion is healthcare, and every person capable of becoming pregnant should be guaranteed access to safe and quality healthcare regardless of income or insurance.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Every student should have an opportunity to learn about consent, sexual health, risk reduction and healthy behaviors. A comprehensive sex education curriculum inclusive of LGBTQ+ experiences is potentially the best way to dispel stereotypes, teach sexual health in a medically accurate way, and educate students on the need to practice safe sex across all identities. It is also found that an inclusive curriculum can create more positive outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth in terms of their self-esteem and perspectives on healthy behaviors.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I am always in support of policies that promote gender-affirming care and treatment. It is vital that Delawareans are able to live as their true, authentic selves and feel safe when seeking the legal and medical resources to do so. Additionally, I will again work to advance legislation allowing people to receive their diploma and major school records after they have received a legal name change.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. Absolutely. In this session alone, I signed on as a co-prime for every bill included in Rep. Minor-Brown’s “Momnibus”and voted in support support of the bills that made it to the House floor. I will continue to support initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion in key review entities, aim to reduce bias in healthcare settings, or assist those most at risk for complications during the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum stages.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. And I have already had the opportunity to support a similar bill. I was a House co-prime on Sen. Gay’s SB 343, a constitutional amendment for reproductive liberty, along with Rep. Longhurst and Rep. Minor-Brown. While that bill was not moved during the 151st General Assembly, I will actively support a similar constitutional amendment if introduced in the upcoming session.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I am proud of the work we have already done to secure abortion access for Delawareans and to protect our care providers from draconian laws. There is more to do though and I support continuing to remove financial barriers for those in need of abortion services as well as continuing to protect our providers from national or other states laws.

7th Representative District candidate Larry Lambert

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent Legislator who has consistently voted in alignment with Planned Parenthood's legislative priorities

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. Every woman & birthing person should have the fundamental right to governance over their own bodies.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Age-appropriate sex education curriculum

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware should ensure that every woman & birthing person has the fundamental right to governance over their own bodies.

8th Representative District candidate Sherae'a "Rae" Moore

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Have completed my 1st term and is seeking re-election

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have been a sponsor and voted to protect women rights.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

No.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Protect them.

9th Representative District candidate Terrell Williams

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Attorney, Adjunct Professor, Community Activist

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I would sponsor and promote legislation.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I believe abortion is healthcare like the majority of Americans. I do not believe judges, politicians, or religious zealots have any business in the examination rooms with women and their healthcare practitioners. I will continue to fight to ensure abortion remains codified law in Delaware and that Delaware is a safe place for visitors to access abortions.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. I believe having access to affordable health insurance lends to the strength and vitality of individuals and communities. Additionally, I believe people have the autonomy to make health decisions with the guidance of their primary care physicians, without the need for governmental regulations inferring with that process. I will and would support any funding that continues the free flowing communication between doctor and patient.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. I believe women should have access to mechanisms that let them decide what happens to their bodies. Women have the right to choose whether or not they want to continue a pregnancy or terminate a pregnancy.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. But with the consent of at least one parent or legal guardian. If a legal guardian is not available, I would like to put in place a legal mechanism which would allow a court to issue a writ allowing a minor to get an abortion. I do not want sexually abused minors getting abortions at the behest of their abusers, without a safety mechanism in place.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. I find these tactics to be predatory and discriminatory by impeding on women's fundamental right to an abortion. If elected to the General Assembly, I would aggressively put a stop to these laws.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I believe having access to affordable health insurance lends to the strength and vitality of individuals and communities. Requiring insurance companies to provide sexual and reproductive health care creates healthier people and communities.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. There should not be a caveat for getting an abortion. Any woman who wants to get an abortion, should be able to get one. If elected, I would work to ensure this language is removed from Medicaid provisions.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. I believe tolerance is built through exposure and education. Sex education should cover all aspects of sexual orientation, even those topics that may cause some uneasiness.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. As Delawareans, it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure healthcare is equitable in our state. I would sponsor and support legislation that will properly fund and support the treatment and care of Black mothers and babies in our state. We have a responsibility to ensure Black mothers have a safe and fulling pregnancy and labor, and that their babies are provided with the same care.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

If elected, I would sponsor and support legislation geared towards shielding any person from criminal prosecution in their home state, who maybe or is seeking an abortion in Delaware.

12th Representative District candidate Krista Griffith

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I have served in the General Assembly since 2018.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Continue to work with reproductive health advocates to pass legislation that safeguards this fundamental right in Delaware.

13th Representative District candidate DeShanna Neal

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Due to my advocacy for my own daughter Trinity, transgender and gender-expansive children on Delaware Medicaid now have the ability to receive mental and medical healthcare services. Now, I want to ensure all who are in need of healthcare, including abortion care, have the ability to receive it without stigma or red tape.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

In addition to the policies outlined above, Delaware should proactively implement a strategic plan to increase access and equity in abortion care. We must look at the needs of patients and overburdened providers, and provide the supports and resources to ensure that anyone who needs abortion care is able to get that care in Delaware.

14th Representative District candidate Pete Schwartzkopf

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I have been representing the 14th district for 20 years

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. Supported and voted for legislation in 2017 which codified Roe V Wade into Delaware State law.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. We need 2 more votes to make Roe v Wade part of our constitution.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Assist Planned Parenthood to fulfill their mission to the best of their ability.

15th Representative District candidate Valerie Longhurst

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: 18 year incumbent

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Continue working with Planned Parenthood.

17th Representative District candidate Melissa Minor-Brown

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Current State Rep, Nurse, Championed several reproductive health bills.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Allocate funding for those that need it, ensure that private insurance and Medicaid cover abortion services to reduce the amount of funding that would need to go to Delawareans and it can be used for those who don’t have insurance.

18th Representative District candidate Sophie Phillips

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Three-year student ambassador for University of Delaware's Title IX campaign, kNOw MORE

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. This is personal for me. After experiencing sexual violence as a high school student, Plan B was the only option for me. At that age, it was extremely hard to get. I know how scary something like this is and I want to ensure people have access to emergency contraception.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

We need to ensure patients from other states can access abortion here and we need to provide resources to clinics in Delaware to deal with the surge of patients. I have spoken with OBGYN offices here in Delaware who are already struggling with an increase in patients who either want abortions or have questions about it. They are overwhelmed and do not have the necessary state resources to help everyone. This includes more funding to increase staff in these locations.

20th Representative District candidate Stell Parker Selby

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I have had a long career and history in Education Administration. In addition, I've sat on many Boards in both Leadership and Member capacities. Included are Delaware State University Board of Trustees, President, Cape Henlopen School Board, Beebe Healthcare, American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware Technical and Community College Development Council and many more. In addition, I was instrumental in the opening of the Planned Parenthood office at Midway Shopping Center in Rehoboth, Delaware.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I have always and continue to be a strong supporter and advocate for Women's rights.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

No. Thinking of the safety and decision making skills of one under 18, I support parental inclusion for helping their child make confidential decisions.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. I support comprehensive education for all students.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I support individual rights to freedom and privacy.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I support the legislation passed that protects providers and expanding who can provide services, as well as those seeking services in Delaware.

21st Representative District candidate Frank Burns

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: 10 years as director of molecular pathology and medical school professor. 10 years in public health/prevention of food borne illness.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I think a constitutional amendment assuring bodily autonomy/self-ownership for all should be passed.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. I would work to add HPV vaccination if not already covered.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. As long as there are safeguards to make sure the teen is not being coerced.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I think the amendment should include other violations of bodily autonomy that might occure such as forced blood, tissue or organ donation. No one's body should be subjugated to the use of another.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

The recently enacted laws expanding the types of providers who can both prescribe medications for early term abortions, and who can perform procedures is a start. As is the enhancement of confidentiality for patients. Providing training programs for providers to gain appropriate skills is also likely to be required. Making medications available without a prescription is an option, however, I need to better understand potential risks before supporting making them available over the counter.

23rd Representative District candidate Paul Baumbach

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: 10 years, Delaware State Representative

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. The 6 vote supermajority has indicated that they put partisanship, and extremism, over judicial precedent and principles.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. 

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. As long as such a change would not jeopardize Delaware's eligibility for the federal share of Medicaid funding, yes I would.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. I personally assisted Trinity in receiving such hormone therapy while enrolled in Medicaid, the first such case in Delaware, working with the Markell administration.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. I have been a reliable supporter in the House of all such legislation since 2013, including the 'Momnibus' package led by Rep Minor-Brown.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

House and Senate Democratic leadership has continued to seek any and all steps that can be taken to safeguard both Delaware residents and those who come to Delaware seeking abortion services, and those who provide these services inside our state. We need to ensure that we continue to have a Delaware Attorney General who fights attacks on our residents, our caregivers, and our visitors who seek abortion services.

24th Representative District candidate Edward Osienski

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: First elected Nov. 2010

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. Counseling should be provided.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. 

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. Counseling must be provided.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I am a co-sponsor of HB 455, HB 320 and HB 31.

25th Representative District candidate Cyndie Romer

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I have been active with the NAACP-Newark, ACLU-DE, and Moms Demand Action.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. It's been brought to my attention that the state level plan excludes Mifeprex, which is stronger than Plan b. You need an Rx for it. It can be used later in pregnancy than Plan B. And it’s the only one that is effective if you are over 155 pounds. Plan B isn’t effective for anyone over 155 pounds. I think we need to look into this.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Allow practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants to perform surgical abortions.

26th Representative District candidate Madinah Wilson-Anton

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Current State Representative for District 26, former legislative aide for House of Representatives

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

I support expanding access for out of state patients, and am open to learning how to accomplish this both legislatively and personally.

27th Representative District candidate Eric Morrison

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: I'm proud to have served as state representative for the 27th district since November 2022. I've been very active in my community from a young age. In my career, I've worked as an educator; in Medicaid, Medicare, and various state health programs; and human resources. Over the years, I have held leadership, fundraising, and volunteer roles in many community organizations and nonprofits including Delaware Pride, the Food Bank of Delaware, the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, AIDS Delaware, and Faithful Friends. I’ve been very active in state and local politics since 2016.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

We are moving in the right direction, but we need to do more. Although Medicaid cannot cover abortions, we should have a state program in place to fund abortions for women who qualify for Medicaid. We should also mandate that all state insurance plans cover abortion services. And we should pass a constitutional amendment to protect the right to abortion. During the 151st General Assembly, I was proud to cosponsor and support legislation expanding abortion access and to protect abortion providers. And I look forward to working with Planned Parenthood and other organizations and individuals to ensure that women in Delaware--and women who come to Delaware for abortion services--can secure accessible, affordable abortion services.

31st Representative District candidate Sean Lynn

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Incumbent - 4 terms

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. I introduced same last session.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Ensure the right to privacy is ensconced in the Delaware constitution.

32nd Representative District candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Co-Founder of the First State Abortion Fund

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. 

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

As a Co-Founder of the First State Abortion Fund I believe we need to continue to build out funding so all people can access safe and affordable abortion services.

39th Representative District candidate Sue Clifford

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: My relevant experience, for serving as a State Representative, is drawn from many aspects of my life. Raised in rural New York state and the first from my family to graduate from high school and from college, I am now a retired educator living more than 20 years in the District I hope to represent. I have volunteered with the city's Public Library (raising funds as a Board member), with the Food Bank of DE (sorting and distributing food), and with a Code Purple program (cooking and serving meals to veterans experiencing homelessness). Last year, I participated with petitioning and canvassing for an increase to Delaware's minimum wage and for changes to a law enforcement officers' bill of rights to address and reduce racial injustices. I do not sit on the sidelines when there is a need in my rural district, the county, or the state, and I intend to bring that action-oriented, problem-solving approach to the State House of Representatives.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I feel that it would be my duty to sponsor such legislation as may be necessary to ensure that the rights of all citizens in Delaware, including my constituents, to bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive healthcare are guaranteed and protected.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. The justices on the Court who made and concurred with this ruling were - and are - wrong.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes. The sliding fee scale, based on income, is especially important for girls and young women. While more individuals and families now have healthcare - thanks to the ACA - not everyone has access to the care they need, and they may have little to no funds to pay for contraceptives, screenings, and tests. *No one* should be permitted to argue that these healthcare services are not critical, particularly with legal abortion being banned in so many states.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes. Emergency contraception products should be as accessible and available as "Narcan"-type medications for counteracting drug overdoses.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. When children as young as 9 can become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, it is essential that they have access - on a confidential basis - to abortion for their physical and emotional health.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No. These restrictions seem designed to provide a respectable veneer of "thoughtfulness" to cover the cruel physical and mental anguish they impose on patients and providers.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. The more states and the federal government can do to ensure that cost is not a barrier to reproductive healthcare the better the country can do and the more it can achieve through the better health enjoyed by residents.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes. This restriction/limitation is irrational if Medicaid is to be a fully functional, efficient, and effective form of healthcare delivery.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes. Sex education curricula in public schools (or any other school setting) does not "make" someone go out and have sex. Schools are for learning in a reasonably judgment-free arena; they are the best environment for gaining knowledge and information about everything. If we want children to grow up to think critically and make informed decisions, they need science and facts.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes. Barriers - be they physical or rules and regulations - make sense for hazards and crimes. They make no sense when the barriers themselves cause harm to an individual or family.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes. This is one of a number of disparities nation-wide in health and healthcare that should be a source of national shame for a country with the resources - human, educational, scientific, infrastructure, etc. - available to reverse/eliminate the trend.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes. It should be broader that "just" abortion care.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware should increase staff and funding; streamline procedures where possible; determine ways to enhance services to Black girls and women more likely at greater health risk(s) due to the previous level of care received from OB/GYNs; and ensure a "no wrong door" approach throughout and across healthcare and social service agencies, organizations, and practices so that non-Delawareans in need of reproductive healthcare are not unduly penalized for not knowing Delaware's procedures, terminology, and standards.

41st Representative District candidate Joe DiPasquale

Party: Non-Partisan

Relevant experience: Have run a successful multi million dollar business. Currently in sales. Also a governing board member for Non-Partisan Delaware.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

No.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Delaware should continue to allow and expand access to those in need. Nobody should be denied Healthcare.

Local candidates

County-level and Wilmington city offices

New Castle County 2nd Council District candidate Dee Durham

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Currently hold position. See more at www.FriendsforDeeDurham.us.

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes. I would totally support PPDE's mission and programs. Not a lot of direct action I am able to take in County ordinances.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

N/A.

Sussex County 5th Council District candidate Billy Edwards

Party: Democrat

Relevant experience: Town of Georgetown Board of Adjustment Member. AFSCME Local 247 President

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor legislation that supports sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right and that states can limit or ban it. Do you support this decision?

No. I support a woman's right to choose.

Publicly funded family planning programs provide a sliding fee scale based upon income, which is a cost-effective way to increase access to contraception and reduce unintended pregnancies. State funding covers contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Do you support continued state funding for family planning services?

Yes.

Emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B, can be taken after sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is often used if the individuals having sex did not use birth control or if birth control failed, such as if a condom breaks. Do you believe more should be done to make emergency contraception accessible?

Yes.

Do you support the ability of teenagers under the age of 16 to confidentially access safe and legal abortion?

Yes. With their parents consent and counseling for the 16 year old and parents.

Legislation is often proposed that would impose restrictions on both people seeking abortions and providers. The restrictions (often called targeted restrictions on abortion providers or TRAP laws) single out providers, facilities, and drugs related to abortion services and may include provisions such as mandated waiting periods, redundant levels of accreditation, and expensive and unnecessary equipment. Do you support these restrictions on abortion access?

No.

Some states have expanded reproductive health services by mandating that all health insurance plans in the state, including employee-sponsored coverage, provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. Do you support state insurance plans fully covering sexual and reproductive health care?

Yes.

Currently, Medicaid only covers abortions resulting from rape or incest or when the pregnant person's life is in danger. Would you support repealing this limitation so Medicaid covers abortions for all who rely on this form of health care?

Yes.

Do you support expansive and comprehensive sex education curriculum in public schools that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities?

Yes.

Do you support expanding the availability of gender-affirming care to make it easier for folks to obtain hormone therapy, name changes, and the like?

Yes.

According to recent Delaware Division of Public Health statistics, more than twice as many Black infants in Delaware die before their first birthday than white infants, while Black mothers are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related issues. Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes.

Would you support a state constitutional amendment to fully protect access to abortion care?

Yes.

What, if anything, should Delaware do to secure and expand access to abortion given the expected surge in patients from other states that have restricted it?

Provide more facilities to better accommodate the influx patients.

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