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2020 Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Delaware Candidate Endorsement Survey

The below responses do not indicate endorsement by PPAFD. Endorsements based on these responses will be determined following all primary races.

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

Federal and Statewide

Federal and Statewide candidate responses

Insurance Commissioner, Kayode Abegunde (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Reproductive rights is a human right, no one should be denied access to quality and affordable care. I stand for equity and justice. I will stand by reproductive rights in Delaware.

Insurance Commissioner, Navarro Trinidad (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

As Insurance Commissioner, I am unable to sponsor legislation through the traditional process of the General Assembly, however I have and will continue to publicly support such legislation. My expert staff can not only assist in the creation of legislation in this area, but we can also build unique coalitions of support through working with legislators, health care providers, insurance companies, and other community organizations in order to make pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation successful.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below:

Family planning services and coverage for sexual and reproductive health is a component of a more equal society, and those with means should not be the only women to be able to access these beneficial prescriptions and services.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Comprehensive sex education is critical to reducing the spread of STIs and decreasing unintended pregnancies. Consent education is similarly an important component in teaching young people about sexual experiences. LGBTQ+ experiences and identities should be part of this process in order to inform students, and de-stigmatize differences as young people begin to explore their identities.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Legislation or other attempts to restrict abortion, including pre-viability abortion bans, are unconstitutional. I supported SB 5 and continue to do so.

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

These decisions are never easy. As a father of two young women, I try to be an example of a supportive parent, always wanting the best for my children but not making every decision for them. But I know all too well that this is not the case for many young women, and that requiring parental consent of the approval of a guardian - or notification - could put that young woman at greater risk. Even the fear of repercussions from an unsupportive family could lead a young woman to a more dangerous method of termination. I support teenage confidential access to safe and legal abortion.

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below::

I am no constitutional scholar, but I believe that any restriction on abortion access is unconstitutional. Waiting periods, accreditation requirements, standards that require abortion providers to have hospital-like facilities - all of these things are unjustly prohibitive of a woman’s right to choose. While I want every woman who makes this difficult choice to be safe, these are barriers which will ultimately lead women into solutions that are worse for their health. Our state has numerous methods of ensuring the knowledge and safe practices of any providers, and there should not be undue requirements for those who provide abortion services.

 

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

While the state doesn’t have the authority to regulate ERISA plans or those organizations who self-insure, regulated plans should cover reproductive and preventative care services, including abortion without cost for those specific services. Ultimately, individuals may still pay a fee based on the facility used, or if blood work or other testing is needed during the process, as they would for other doctor visits or procedures. The costs described would generally be paid to the provider and facility by the insurance company, rather than the state, however the state does have an economic incentive to ensure safe access to abortion, and I would support dollars being made available to assist these efforts.

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

As Insurance Commissioner, I do not have the ability to introduce state legislation, but I support efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment to ensure that both women with private insurance and those who require Medicaid can make this choice based on what is right, not what is affordable. More than a dozen other states have already addressed this inequity, it is time we do the same.

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely. This is a heartbreaking trend that must end.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

As Insurance Commissioner, I was proud to work with leaders across the state and in our General Assembly to codify the protections of the Affordable Care Act, including those hard-fought birth control provisions. I would be proud to work on additional women’s health initiatives and form coalitions inside and outside of government to that end. I am always available to discuss proposals with Planned Parenthood.

Representative in Congress, David Rogers (L)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

No

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

No

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

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State Senatorial Districts

State Senate District candidate responses

District 1, Sarah McBride (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

From the start of this campaign, I have said I want to be a health-focused state senator. Reproductive health care is central to our health. I would be a vocal champion of true access to reproductive health care for people of all genders, identities, and economic backgrounds.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below:

Every person should be able to access this critical - and often lifesaving - care no matte their economic background. As a state senator, I would strongly support protecting and expanding access to health care, including for contraceptives, STI testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, and pregnancy testing. Delaware has made important progress ensuring more people can get this care, but there is more we can do.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

All students deserve to see themselves and their experiences reflected in our schools. The only way to ensure that every student gets the comprehensive health education they need is to make that education inclusive of all people.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

No Delawarean should fear that the right-wing shift of the U.S. Supreme Court could result in their right to privacy being limited, including their ability to get an abortion. SB 5 was critical to ensuring that no matter the federal landscape, Delaware protects a person's right to choose. I strongly supported it's passage.

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

The are politically motivated efforts based on ideology and personal belief, not data, science, or genuine medical best practices.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Cost should not be a barrier for any person accessing reproductive health care. Just as health insurance is required to cover a certain range of services in other spheres of health care, I believe plans should be required to cover comprehensive reproductive health care needs.

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I support removing cruel and archaic rules that treat reproductive health care differently than other critical care, including in government funding.

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below::

Bias within health care - coupled with systemic racism throughout society - result in tragic and avoidable health disparities between white people and people of color, especially our Black neighbors. We must do all we can to erase those disparities, including removing cost barriers to care while also addressing the broader social determinants of health that contribute to these disparities. Black infants and Black mothers deserve bold, comprehensive action by their elected officials.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

As a board member of Planned Parenthood and an equal rights advocate, I am deeply passionate about reproductive health, preserving people's right to access it, and ensuring that right is not merely a principle but a reality for people no matter their economic background. I'm proud to have the support of many in the PPDE family and from national leaders in this space like Cecile Richards.

District 5, Eric Levin (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I support the ability of teenagers 15 and above to have access to safe and legal abortions. However, I do believe that teenagers, 14 and younger must have parental or guardian permission.

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I want to thank Planned Parenthood of Delaware for their consideration.

District 13, Marie Pinkney (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Yes I strongly believe that we should have soul agency over our own bodies. It is not the right of the government to intervene in these personal matters. Government should only provide pathways for people to make and execute their own choices.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below: :

Yes! As a result of state funding for family planning services I was able to have access to quality reproductive care when I was uninsured. I believe in protecting and improving state funding for family planning services to ensure that every Delawarean requiring these service has that same and better access to them.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below::

Yes! Our campaign understands that our students are smart and curious. When they are not provided explanatory education they find their own answer. It is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to adequate sex education. In order to support inclusivity and combat societal stereotypes we should ensure that this education is expanded to include the unique experiences held by myself and all those who identify anywhere on the LGBTQUIA spectrum.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I would like more information on how we ensure proper post-op care of this age group.

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

When a person has made the deeply personal decision to terminate a pregnancy she has often already waded through all of the other options and decision making factors. There is no need for government to intentionally place further roadblocks in her way. As you stated this is duplicitous and unnecessary. It is infringing on basic rights to healthcare.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I have been a part of Black Mother's In Power we fight hard to drive away and eradicate these disturbing statistics. Our campaign in deeply committed to ending systemic racist which plays the biggest role in poor Black maternal and infant outcomes.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Our campaign is people centered. I can't imagine how reproductive rights could be protected with the basic acknowledgment of the importance of putting people first. Our campaign is dedicated to ensuring that we all have access to healthcare that supports our overall healthcare goals as individually. For too long healthcare outcomes have been a monolith of one specific group. Our campaign finds value in each of our unique experiences and how those experiences drive decision making. We believe in an individuals right and ability to choose what is right for them.

District 14, Kyra Hoffner (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Question 2 

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Women should not be go without important health access due to limited funds.

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

It is important that we address all sex education in public schools. Kids need to know feeling different is not a bad and by educating them we are protecting them for the future.

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

When women seek medical advice and services, their decisions should never be made by anyone other than themselves and a medical doctor.

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Kids make mistakes. They need a safe place like Planned Parenthood to go and learn about their options.

Question 6 

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

No 

Please add additional comments below:

Their should never be restriction on woman choosing their health choices. It is very dangerous and could be fatal.

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

All women health procedures should be covered under health insurance without restrictions.

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

When a women has to make this choice she should not be burden with costly medical bills.

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Women of color need different care. We need more healthcare providers to understand and offer this care. More black mothers are dying than ever before and we must take this as a health crisis.

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

Planned Parenthood is a safe haven for many women. Both with insurance and without. In todays world no women can go to the doctor and get the level of care that Planned Parenthood has to offer.

District 15, Jaci Hugg (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I have a family member and know others that have had reproductive issues and we need more affordable access to health care. I support people's right to be able to live happily and comfortably who they are.

Question 2 

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely, we need to continue to fund these cost-effective programs to ensure everyone has equal access.

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I believe that sex education should include LGBTQ and sexual experiences and identities since that's where it all begins and so many teenagers are in a conflicted state as to what is "normal." They need to know it is perfectly fine to be themselves and to ensure responsible sexual behaviors.

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I agree with SB5 and the ability for people to access abortion before viability. Again that is between the patient and her doctor.

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

If a teenager has had sex then I feel they have the right to determine what is best for them in their own personal life and again between the patient and her doctor.

Question 6 

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

No 

Please add additional comments below:

Abortions should not have restrictions and every female should have the same access.

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Again, everyone should have the same access therefore, it would be necessary to ensure those that could not afford health services would still be able to have the same level of care.

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Again, it needs to be accessible to everyone and having insurance coverage would make a difference.

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely, this shouldn't even have to be a question. I am seeking equal access to healthcare and services to help reduce disparities.

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

At a young age, I supported someone very close to me in having an abortion. It was the right decision at the time and I can't imagine what if she wasn't able to have a safe abortion. Even though it was still not as accessible as today. We had to travel to Wilmington. I today still support that right. I also support sexual education in public schools to include LGBTQ and sexual experiences and Identities. This is our first encounter with having open discussion in many cases and there are those that just would not have them at home.

Senate Representative Districts

State Representative District candidate responses
District 4, Gerald Brady (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

No

Please add additional comments below:

I generally allow my colleagues with intimate awareness to the issues, pursue the initiative!!

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I have supported all such measures in my 15 years.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

No

Please add additional comments below:

No, I did not vote in favor of SS 1 to SB 5I. I supported and committed to the passage of. SB5 as it was written by Senator Townsend. However, a drastic change to the language to the original bill necessitated a Substitute Bill. The bill was to be on the agenda for May 18, 2017, however it was determined there were not enough favorable votes on the floor that evening due to the absence of several of my colleagues. These individuals were already traveling to their favorite resorts in advance of our two week holiday. Thus the bill was held until we returned in June. During the two week interim Public circulation of the issue and therefore the opposition were enabled to muster support and rally the troops on the issue. Up until this point I received not one correspondence , pro or con on the issue!!! Well all hell broke lose from that point on. I had exactly 36 hours to react and respond to the surge of constituent complaints I received, primarily on the issue of VIABILITY!!! Even I was some what confused about the issue. I begged the sponsor, Represenative Valerie Longhurst To hold the bill for two days, until Thursday of that week. I wished to prepaid a response to my constituents explaining my impending vote. Valerie expressed her reluctance to do so, based on the overwhelming number of citizens present in support of the bill. Valerie indicates she had more than enough votes for passage. We also agreed that I could express my point of view before my vote. All I was requesting was time to inform my constituency!!!

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I would feel more comfortable if the age was 18 or higher, yet I would not stop a bill if the majority was in favor.

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

Again, I would feel more Comfortable if there was a period of reflection, yet I also respect the ability of the mother to determine her comfort zone.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes​​​​​​​

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

This issue is extremely important.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

As I articulated earlier regarding SS1 for SB5, I was ill prepared to cast a firm vote of support for the Senate Substitute at that very moment. I expressed my support of SB 5, which for all intended purposes was updating the State Code and codifying a procedure which has been a medical practice since 1972 enabled by the original Roe vs. Wade decision.. Immediately after my dissenting vote, I was contacted by our dear freind Sonya Sloan (May she Rest In Peace) inviting me for a cup of coffee and conversation regarding this matter. Guided by her passion and wisdom I visited the PP Center in Wilmingtin and Newark on several occasions. I have met with the Directors, Board Chairs and Staff!!! Granted the good fortune opportunity, I have been able to tour your facilities, meet your staff, read the brochures and fully educate myself on your mission and purpose. My view of your purpose, practice and performance has been enlightened!!!

District 4, Amy Solomon (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I want to support any and all legislation that protects a woman's right to choose as well as protecting working women's right to have their employer cover birth control.

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I believe that this disparity is a result of systemic racism, which is another one of my issues that I am looking to tackle once I am down in Dover. Black mothers should not fear for their or their child's life––there needs to be a deep dive into this problem of why there is such a disparity between Black and White mothers.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Equitably and inclusive education is imperative for our children's development, sex and reproductive health education is included in this, and I stand by having comprehensive, inclusive lesson plans that our students have access to in our public schools. It is also important that students learn about their rights regarding sexual and reproductive health in schools, so that can know their decisions are protected and they have access to participate in safe sexual acts should they choose. We can't control our children. We can't brainwash them. What we CAN do is make sure they are completely educated and have access to items that will help them be as safe as possible.

District 6, Debra Heffernan (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I am running for re election as 6th District State Representative and will continue to sponsor pro reproductive health and sexual health legislation. In the 149th GA, I was House Prime sponsor of SB 5 to codify Roe v. Wade and was Prime Sponsor of House Bill to require zero copay for Prescription birth control. I am a strong champion of Planned Parenthood.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below:

Strongly support and have supported continued and raising funding for PPDE as a member of the Joint Finance Committee for six years.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Strongly support!

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I was the Prime Sponsor of SB 5 in the House and championed it to passage and becoming law. I very proud of this achievement and thank my colleagues in the House and PPDE for all their help and support in passing SB 5. It took a village but we got it done. Ensuring a woman’s right to choose in Delaware no matter what happens on the federal level. I believe Delaware was the first state to codify Roe v Wade following Trump’s election as President.

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

I do not support restrictions on access to abortion and have voted against these bills in the Health Committee.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

As PPDE is aware, I am one of the strongest supporters of PPDE and reproductive and sexual health in the General Assembly. I was honored to receive a PPDE SHero award for our work codifying Roe v Wade.

District 7, Raymond Seigfried (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I have fought with you for many years and had Sonya Slone on my campaign in 2018 and Gil her husband has joined my campaign this term.

District 8, Sherae'a "Rae" Moore (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I also know that HB399 has a provision that protects a women's right to choose. I will always advocate for women's rights especially when it comes to our bodies.

Question 5

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

Yes

 

Please add additional comments below:

This comes with the understanding that there are some minors who do cannot turn to their parent due to having a difficult relationship or circumstances that can result in being abused or even kicked out of the home. These minors should be protected by the law when it comes to reproductive health and their right to choose.

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

It is simple, the law should not dictate what can happen to a women's body. Restricting access to adequate health coverages should be outlawed.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

No one should have to face being underinsured. Health coverages need to be expanded.

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

As a black mother, these statistics personally effects me. NO ONE should be denied adequate health services.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

We need champions in the legislature that will fight for the protection of reproductive rights. My sister in law was one of many who did not receive adequate health care during childbirth which almost resulted in her fatality. I will stand and fight to ensure future mothers do not have that experience and fight to protect our right to choose what should happen to our bodies.

District 10, Keith James (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Starting in 8th grade

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

I would only support this if mental health services were in place to support the youth with the Potentially traumatic effects Of abortion.

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

It is always the women’s choice of what happens to her body. I support the women of our State and support their judgment on what’s best for them and their children. Our State should not block access to medical services for anyone.

District 12, Krista Griffith (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I am proud to have sponsored legislation that was passed by both the House of Representatives and State Senate that banned pelvic exams of an anesthetized patient who had not previously consented to the procedure.

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Respondent skipped this question

District 22, Luann D'Agostino (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely! My desire to advocate for women's rights, equality, and safety was a driving factor in my decision to run for elected office.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below:

Continued State funding is critical for these basic health services especially during this time of unpredictable and often unaffordable health insurance options.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Yes, information and understanding is critical to acceptance.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I commend the Delaware General Assembly for passing SB5 codifying a woman's access to abortion and will continue to support such legislation.

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

TRAP laws are just another attempt to limit a woman's access to reproductive related services. They do nothing to improve healthcare services as they often claim, instead they often aim to restrict clinics and other services most typically used by uninsured, under-insured, or low income women. This offends me not only in respect to reproductive rights but also basic human rights as it is highly discriminatory.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

This is unacceptable and needs immediate attention. Unfortunately this extends beyond mother and infant deaths. Disparities in healthcare and treatments for all minorities, at all stages of life, need to be addressed.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I have always been a big supporter of Planned Parenthood and will always recognize the great value that they bring to our community. As a young adult, I frequently utilized their services for testing and prescriptions. Even in the early years of my corporate career, when my insurance did not cover birth control, I used Planned Parenthood as an affordable option. Planned Parenthood was always there for me providing judgement free, affordable, female-friendly care and I want to make sure that they are available to help others for many years to come.

District 25, John Kowalko, Jr. (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Respondent skipped this question

District 26, John Viola (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I was a named sponsor

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I have been in the Delaware General Assembly almost 22 years and have always supported a woman's right to choose. In the early years as a Representative , I remember hearing one evening that there was a move to run a bill the next day, an anti woman's right bill to be exact. I made a call that evening to the President of Delaware PP to alert him. The bill never did run the next day.

District 27, Eric Morrison (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Unlike my six-term Democratic primary opponent, I fully support a woman's right to choose, and oppose any and all attempts to erode that right. I also support access to birth control and sex education. And as a gay man, I support all efforts to uplift the LGBTQ+ community.

District 31, Sean Lynn (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Respondent skipped this question

District 33, Rachael King (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Question 2 

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 

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

One size does not fit all. There are life situations where a girl of 16 may need access to confidential, safe, and legal abortion.

Question 6 

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

No 

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely, there needs to be more research as to why this is happening.

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

Respondent skipped this question 

District 26, Madinah Wilson-Anton (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Respondent skipped this question

County Specific Candidates

New Castle County, Kent, and Sussex

New Castle County Executive, Matt Meyer (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

I believe in equity and equality. Gender bias in the administration of health care has no place in New Castle County or in Delaware.

Question 2

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

Please add additional comments below:

We are all in this together. Failure to fund these programs is bad for public health across our community.

Question 3

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

If every human being in our community can celebrate who they are, how they feel and who they love, that will be great for our community.

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Anyone pregnant, regardless of age, should have access to quality, confidential counseling and support to make a decision regarding safe and legal abortion.

Question 6

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

No

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Please add additional comments below:

I generally agree with state funding for abortions and a requirement that all health insurers must provide reproductive health and related preventative care services, including abortion, with no cost-sharing. In extreme cases, I am uncertain. I struggle with whether employers in certain religious communities should be mandated to fund abortions.

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Thank you for everything you at Planned Parenthood do to address these wrenching inequalities. Without your tireless efforts, these statistics would be so much worse.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

Reproductive health is women's health. Women's health is human health. Thank you for everything you do. Our county role is often limited, but we are here to support your tremendous efforts. Thank you also for your initial Planned Parenthood orientation meeting shortly after my election. I will never forget that Sonia Sloan called me to invite me, and I, who was raised by a mom who often went down to Leg Hall in Dover to speak in support of abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, learned a ton from that session (including about LARCs and PPDE's tremendous women's health work outside of abortion services). I am eager to return for a refresher course (hopefully soon, after this crisis ends).

New Castle County President Of County Council, 
Brian George Whitaker (I)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Too many already face barriers to abortion care, including restrictions, travel, and cost. We all need to become experts on how to get an abortion and how to connect other folks to abortion care. Join a national network of young people committed to supporting young people who need abortion care and connecting each other with information and resources.

Question 2 

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Women must have the best healthcare in the world.

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below

I think that human sexuality should be acknowledge and it should be fully discussed in the classroom.

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I think that it is fine the way it is.

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

It is fine with me.

Question 6 

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

No 

Please add additional comments below:

You have a right to do it.

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Why not?

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Insurances should pay for it.

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

It is a good idea to provide the new born with good health.

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

Thank you for providing these services to all of Delaware.

Sussex County Council District 2, Cynthia Green (R)
Refused Endorsement

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

No

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

No

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

No

Question 5

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

No

Question 6

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

Yes

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

No

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

No

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

No

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

All babies lives matter! Stop killing the babies, their lives matter!

New Castle County Council District 12, Kevin Caneco (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

Yes

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

This bill enhanced the ability of a woman to choose for herself how to proceed with a tough decision.

Question 5

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Often young woman could be the victim of rape or assault. They could be scared of their parents or societal judgement. We must allow young woman to be able to access SAFE medical treatment.

Question 6

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

These laws are nothing more the GOP attempts to regulate abortion via loopholes. The sponsors do not believe women should have abortions therefore doing all they can do to make it harder to obtain an abortion.

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Yes, reproductive health is an essential area of a woman's healthcare.

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

The Hyde amendment is an outdated, and old tool for pro life politicians. We must repeal it.

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

We cannot overlook the tremendous gaps in healthcare access rates based on race. Systematic racism in all forms must be rooted out and destroyed.

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I'm life long pro choice Democrat. I would be an advocate and ally for Planned Parenthood in the County Council.

Wilmington City Council

Wilmington City Council Candidate Responses

District 1, Karen Flowers (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Question 2 

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 

Please add additional comments below:

I believe Federal funding should be granted because its a public health issue

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

This is dear to me because I was a teen bearing child

Question 6 

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

No 

Please add additional comments below:

politics need to stay out of this PERIOD! The government should NOT be putting their noses in peoples' personal lives/business

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Regardless of race, every woman should be entitled to care

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

Respondent skipped this question 

District 1, Albert Mills (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Question 2 

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 

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Question 6 

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

No 

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker- working with at -risk Youth and their families

District 2, Shané Darby (D)

Question 1 

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation? 

Yes 

Question 2 

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 

Question 3 

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

Yes 

Question 4 

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor. Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade? 

Yes 

Question 5 

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

Yes 

Question 6 

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

No 

Question 7 

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion? 

Yes 

Question 8 

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing? 

Yes 

Question 9 

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health? 

Yes 

Question 10 

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware. 

I am the mother of 3 girls. I started an issue campaign called Black Mothers in Power. We seek reproductive justice for the most marginalized groups. We seek to decrease infant mortality and morbidity rates in the State of Delaware.

District 2, Billy Lane, Jr. (D)

Question 1

If elected, would you be willing to sponsor pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation?

Yes

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

No

Question 4

In 2017, the 149th Delaware General Assembly passed SB5, which codified the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that pre-viability abortion is a privacy issue which concerns only the pregnant person and their doctor.Did you or do you support SB5 and the ability for people to be able to access abortion before viability as outlined by Roe v. Wade?

No

Question 5

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

No

Question 6

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

Yes

Question 7

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 Delaware providing state funding for abortion?

No

Question 8

Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment and introducing state legislation that would require all insurance plans to provide abortion with no cost sharing?

No

Question 9

According to the most recent Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) 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 illnesses.  Do you support legislation that seeks to reduce disparities in maternal and infant health?

Yes

Question 10

Please enter any additional information about yourself that would be relevant to making a determination about your support for reproductive rights in Delaware.

I believe that all life is life and I am against abortion.

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