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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, Trinidad Navarro (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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Representative in Congress, Lisa Blunt Rochester (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 

U.S. Senate, Chris Coons (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 cast a deciding vote to protect Planned Parenthood funding in the Appropriations Committee. I publicly opposed the Trump Administration's efforts to strip Planned Parenthood from Title X. I cosponsored the Save Women's Preventative Care Act (2017), Put Patients First Act (2017), the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act (2019), and Women's Health Protection Act (2019). I led efforts to end preventable maternal and child deaths globally through legislation like the Reach Every Mother and Child Act and appropriations support. I submitted amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of Roe v. Wade and contraception coverage. I regularly make public statements of support for Planned Parenthood and the vital services you provide in Delaware and around the country.

U.S. Senate, Jessica Scarane (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely. I believe that all reproductive and sexual health care should be universally accessible and free at the point of service through Medicare for All. In addition to supporting a single payer healthcare system that provides comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, I would support legislation that repeals the Hyde Amendment, codifies Roe V Wade into law, and provides more federal funding for community health centers that provide reproductive and sexual health care. I would also support legislation that bans abstinence-only education from schools.

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:

Income should not be a barrier to reproductive health. We must ensure that reproductive healthcare is universally accessible through state funding. I am committed to not only reproductive freedom, but also reproductive justice.

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 absolutely essential that we include LGBTQ+ identities in our sex education: both to provide students with a comprehensive education and to ensure that LGBTQ+ students feel validated and valued in their school curriculum.

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:

Abortion should be guaranteed as safe, universal, and accessible for all people.

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 who wishes to confidentially, safely, and legally have an abortion should be able to do so regardless of their age. This is a matter of bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.

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 will stand firm against TRAP laws and any laws that make abortion procedures more difficult or less safe to 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:

Absolutely. In the Senate, I will fight for comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care to be included in federal Medicare for All legislation. But until we can guarantee safe, legal, and universally accessible abortion at the federal level, I will fight to protect Delaware’s state funding for abortion services.

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 absolutely support repealing the Hyde Amendment and would fight for legislation that requires all insurance plans to provide abortion at no cost sharing.

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:

Yes: Black maternal and infant mortality rates are a public health crisis. It’s imperative that we legislate to address the racist and classist disparities in all of our systems, including healthcare. We must end our for-profit healthcare system, rebuild our health infrastructure based on need, increase diversity within the medical profession by making public universities tuition free, and address the racism, homophobia, and transphobia in our hospitals and care systems that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and result in worse health 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. 

I’ve personally relied on Planned Parenthood for my reproductive healthcare, particularly when I was uninsured and unemployed. I understand the important role that Planned Parenthood plays in both Delaware and our country and will fight to ensure that every single person can access reproductive and sexual health care.

Governor, David Lamar Williams Jr (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I would be happy to review all information regarding the plans, options, coverage, coaching, training, access, professionals, supplies, treatment, etc. To provide support that serves the women and their unborn children. I understand the need to provide safe, informed, and resoureced care to these women however I have a duty to the unborn life that should have a voice as well. I will always to my best to serve them both.

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

Please add additional comments below:

I support sex education curriculums that teach of the changes in your body that every human being experiences. Focusing on providing information, consequences, protection, and the need to prevent unwanted pregnacies. Once it leads over to orientation thoughts that should be discussed privately with a counselor, parent, social worker, mentor, or faith professional. I would push to provide support options for this community so that they can express themselves on their own terms.

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:

I do agree it is a privacy issue between the mother. I do agree that the father should have a say (not that I should stop the process just be included, and if the female is under 18 the parents or legal guardians should be involved (for moral and social support. I support legislation that will lower the need for abortion. Being proactive instead of reactive. Providing better preventative measures, contraceptive options, and education.

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:

At this age the young women should have suport to make decisions of this magnitude. This is not an event she should do alone.

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 dont support uneccessary, trivial tactics. I support real processess that give real support and assistance in what be the most daunting decision of a womans life. I agree they should be some obstacles to face to take a life but none more daunting the actual process. The facilities should also be supported to give excellent care, support, coverage, and respect to everyone women affected.

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? 

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. 

My heart support a Pro-Life position however I do believe a woman has the right to choose and should have a safe environment to make her decision with all asspects of her choice given, all options provided, and careful thought given with an expert opinion present.

Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall-Long (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

 

Please add additional comments below:

In the fourteen years that I served in the Delaware legislature as a State Representative and State Senator and as Lieutenant Governor for the past four years, I focused on building a stronger healthier Delaware through legislation to protect and safeguard women, children, and minorities who have been disproportionately impacted through health inequities. To this end, I fully support a woman’s right to control her own body and to plan her own future, to have a right to avert an unintended pregnancy as essential health care, to have access to affordable birth control, and to provide sex education In the past, I worked against legislation that would have closed clinics, set onerous requirements that would have impeded access, set a waiting period for a woman who chose to avert her pregnancy, or limited access to contraception education, information, and supplies. Most importantly my colleagues and I successfully upheld a women’s right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy free of government interference. Throughout the years, I actively and vigilantly supported, defended, and advanced the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood by working with the members of the Board and staff along with the Delaware Division of Public Health. As a nursing professor and public health nurse, I work with the Division of Public Health and other health care providers like Planned Parenthood on initiatives such as efforts to ensure that LARCS (long-acting reversible contraception implants) was made available for women. I recognize and support the essential services that Planned Parenthood provides through its clinics including STD testing and education, gender identity and sexual orientation, pregnancy and birth control, abortion, consent and assault, and health and wellness. I was honored to receive recognition for my advocacy and legislative work to advance the mission and goals 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:

Health equity requires that we remove barriers for persons to access family planning services. A major barrier to access is affordability. That is why public funding is essential as health care is an essential right for all individuals. The health services provided at Planned Parenthood clinics from screening and testing to provision of healthcare require public funding so that no one is denied services because of income. The most effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy is to make contraception readily available to women who do not want to become pregnant. Publicly funded family planning programs that provide a sliding fee scale based upon income increase access to contraception and reduces unintended pregnancy. I chose to run for Lieutenant Governor to make a real difference in health policy for women, children, and minorities in our State. I am proud of my legislative record and my long-standing commitment to women’s health rights. However, there is much more we can do. Progress for women’s health requires a greater focus on preventive care without copays, and end gender-based discrimination in medical care, and medical coverage for pregnancy, abortion, and domestic abuse. Planned Parenthood is an essential partner for women’s health from basic reproductive health care to lifesaving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and birth control. We must support women who are disproportionately impacted by health inequities in access to care and treatment. Women of color, immigrant women, low income, and women in poverty, LGBTQ people face discrimination in access to reproductive health care and access to birth control, abortion, and affordable health insurance. We must promote health equity.

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:

Delaware law requires age-appropriate, culturally sensitive sex education and mandates STD and HIV/AIDS prevention education. Title 14 of the Delaware Administrative Code details a comprehensive health education program but limitedly addresses sex education. I am proud to continue to stand with advocates who have worked to expand and revise the Code to reflect present-day youth and teens’ sexual concerns including gender identification, birth control options, protected sex, pregnancy, and life planning.

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:

According to the Guttmacher Institute, Delaware had the highest rate of unplanned pregnancy in the nation in 2010. Much work has been done by agencies like Planned Parenthood to impact this sobering statistic. Approximately 57% of Delaware’s 19,300 pregnancies were unintended occurring in girls under 20 years of age. A confidential consultation with a doctor and the pregnant person is essential. Passage of SB5 and other measures are having an impact as Delaware’s unintended pregnancy rate is declining.

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:

Delaware law requires that a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or mental health professional be notified 24 hours in advance before a teen less than 16 years of age can consent to an abortion procedure. The law provides for a court or mental health professional to ensure the teenager can confidentially access safe and legal abortion. As a public health nurse, mother, and educator, I support access to safe and legal abortion and ensuring supportive counseling services are available.

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 landmark decision in Roe v Wade decision has been tested in the courts and in the legislatures across the country. It has also been challenged through regulatory and administrative entities that seek to impose barriers to a woman’s fundamental right to “control their own body and plan for their own future.” Targeted restrictions that single out providers, facilities, and drugs are designed to prevent access and impose barriers to a woman’s healthcare. This is wrong and I will fight against such legislation.

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:

Currently, in Delaware, public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. The removal of financial barriers to access to health care is essential if Delaware is going to truly address the systemic barriers to equity.

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:

Low-income people who choose to end an unintended pregnancy face a financial barrier in doing so because the Hyde Amendment (1976) blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services. the United States has penalized low-income people seeking abortion Forcing women who are financially strapped to pay out of pocket. Repeal of the Hyde Amendment as well as state legislation to ensure insurance coverage without a cost-share will make great strides to address health care inequities in our state. It does not make sense that insurance coverage provides for all pregnancy-related health care except abortion. This barrier moves the decision from a medical one between the patient and doctor to also become a financial decision. The Hyde Amendment is fundamentally unfair and an intrusive affront to a woman’s right to choose.

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:

According to the Division of Public Health, “between 2014 and 2018 Delaware's black infant mortality rate was 12.2 deaths per 1,000 live births and the white infant mortality rate was 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.” Disparities in maternal and infant health needs to be addressed legislatively as well as through administrative and regulatory policies, priorities, and programs. Delaware needs to improve access to critical services and eliminate ‘care deserts’ as found in Sussex county; guarantee the quality of care that is provided to pregnant women, and provide supports for families during pregnancy and after birth. We must invest in removing barriers, engaging in robust outreach, and focusing on improved outcomes and accountability.

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. 

Since my election to Lieutenant Governor in 2016, I have worked for a stronger healthier Delaware. Core to that work is addressing health inequities like access to quality, safe, affordable care.

In 2016, I along with my Democratic colleagues opposed attempts by Republican members to defund Planned Parenthood’s grant-in-aid. My legislative record speaks to my long-standing staunch support for Planned Parenthood. Then, I was Chair of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee, I included Planned Parenthood at the policy table. From fighting legislative attacks on a women’s right to choose to the implementation of the Affordable Care, I made sure that Planned Parenthood of Delaware was included. In my professional experience as a Nurse and Nursing Professor at the University of Delaware, I have advanced health policy for women and families.

Governor, John C. Carney, Jr. (D)

Question 1 

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

Please add additional comments below:

As Governor, I'm not in a position to sponsor legislation. But, in the last four years, I have signed into law a number of bills that are pro-reproductive and sexual health including: -The budget bill which includes permanent funding for the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Upstream Initiative -SB5--Codifies Roe v Wade in state code -SB78--Requires health programs presented by DOE include instruction on consent with respect to sexual encounters. -SB139--Coverage for fertility treatments and fertility preservation -SB151 (149th)-- Codified federal requirement that health insurance plans include contraceptive coverage--applies to fully insured individual and small group markets, state employee benefits, and public assistance plans -SB 166 (149th)--requires DOC and DSCYF to provide free feminine hygiene products to people in custody -SB 201 w/ SA1--Established the Delaware Perinatal Quality Collaborative as a Freestanding Committee, was previously a subcommittee under the Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium -SB239--Requires patient consent before pelvic, rectal, or prostate exams can be done under anesthesia -HB3--Paid parental leave legislation -HB164 w/ HA1 and 2--Created Human Trafficking interagency coordinating council -HB337--Bans Child Marriage

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, this funding and these services are important to the health and well-being of Delaware women, men, and families.

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 signed this bill into law in June 2017.

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 law as it is currently written.

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 

Please add additional comments below:

I support the current policy which conforms with the Hyde amendment.

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 the Hyde Amendment.

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:

Maternal and infant mortality continues to be an area of focus for the Division of Public Health through efforts such as the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium and the Delaware Quality Perinatal Collaborative. While we’ve made progress in reducing infant mortality across the board and in reducing disparities, we have a lot more work to do. We need more than just a health care approach. Through larger efforts across the Department of Health and Social Services, as well as my multi-agency Family Services Cabinet Council, we are working to get to the root causes through efforts such as the Dual-Generation Center, which provides support and connection to important state services, not only to children in the Christina School District, but their families. The First Lady is also leading a statewide effort to make Delaware a trauma informed and aware state, and we’ve trained thousands of state employees on trauma. We know this benefits both the workers themselves, as well as the people they serve.

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. 

One of the highlights of my first term in office has been passing Delaware’s Paid Family Leave law, ensuring that State of Delaware employees who add children to their families can access 12 weeks of paid leave. The first 12 weeks of a child’s life are vital for the physical and mental health of both parents and their children. I’m proud that my Administration was able to pass this legislation, and that many Delaware private employers have followed our example.

Additionally, my administration continues to support with funding and personnel the Upstream long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) initiative that was started by my predecessor, Governor Markell. The impact of this work has been clear: we’ve seen a reduction in the abortion and unplanned pregnancy rates in Delaware, while also empowering women and families with new tools to take control of their reproductive rights, including when or if to have children.

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, Kyle Evans Gay (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

Female fundamental rights are of the utmost priority to me, and my sponsorship and voting record will make that very clear.

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:

If anything, our state can invest more in family planning 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:

Expansive and comprehensive sex education, that is inclusive of LGBT+ experiences and identity, educates young people on consent, and shares effective birth control information is a critical component of teaching our young people about sexual safety and preventing STDs and unplanned pregnancies.

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 strong supporter of SB5 and continue to support access to abortion as assured by the Supreme Court. Despite Republican efforts, this right continues to be upheld. Just a few weeks ago, a federal court blocked a restrictive pre-viability law in Tennessee just 45 minutes after it was signed by a Republican governor. If any of these absurd efforts come to Delaware, I will be first in line to fight it.

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:

As a mom, I always hope that my kids can come to me with anything. I hope they know that I will always keep them safe and help them through any hard times in life, and they don’t need to keep anything from me, ever. I wish that every child could have a supportive parent or guardian in their life. For those who do not, it is critical that they can access safe, legal, and confidential services. Unfortunately, notifying parents could create unsafe situations for young people, and requiring parental consent could make an abortion impossible - or put a young woman in the terrifying position of finding another way.

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 have been aptly-named by our advocacy community. While their creators purport that these efforts mean to keep women safe, their success would actually generate an unsafe environment. Licensing procedures and state agencies already ensure the safety of our healthcare facilities, and these TRAP laws would force providers into expensive and drawn-out processes despite existing state approval, that is, if they continue to provide abortion services at all. These unnecessary requirements essentially eliminate the ability of providers to conduct abortions legally, meaning those who need abortions would have to bear the expense of traveling out of state, or find another way - which is not safe, and not okay.

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:

Health care is a right, and abortion is a fundamental female right. Caring for women and their bodies shouldn’t be debated, it should just be done.

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:

A woman’s right to choose shouldn’t be hindered by her ability to afford care. Hyde Amendment standards that only provide Medicaid funding for abortions that are necessary to save the life of the woman or in which the woman’s pregnancy is due to rape or incest limit this right significantly. Limitations on access to abortion transforms a woman’s right to choose into women experiencing later abortion or unexpected childbirth, continuing the cycle of factors resulting from larger structural inequalities and coercive health policies. Without the cost of care being covered by Medicaid, reproductive women who are economically disadvantaged face a major barrier to access. I support bringing Delaware in alignment with the 15 other states that have expanded access to abortions and all medically necessary procedures through Medicaid. And, I would support Title 18 legislation to prohibit cost-sharing within insurance plans regulated by the state as well - expensive site-visit fees and other costs are just as prohibitive to those with private insurance as those utilizing Medicaid.

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:

Disparities in maternal and infant health are not acceptable in modern society. From access to care, to cost of care, to issues caused by a lack of environmental justice, we need to address the many symptoms that lead to these horrifying statistics, and we need to make it right.

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 hope to work with She Decides Delaware to ensure that we remove arcane language related to abortion from our State code.

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 5, Denise Bowers (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I support a woman's right to choose.

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. 

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District 5, Catherine Cloutier (R)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

As a co-sponsor, I voted for SS #1 to Senate Bill #5.

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 have a consistent voting record that supports funding for family planning 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:

I have supported and voted for legislation in the past and we need it to continue expansion during these changing times.

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 am a co-sponsor and voted yes for SB 5. I did it supporting my own beliefs and representing my Senate district.

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 would not support restrictions.

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:

It is an individual for access to all.

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 will support and be part of any changes and updates regarding the state code for reproductive rights in Delaware.

District 7, Spiros Mantzavinos (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

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

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

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 

Please add additional comments below:

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

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 repealing the Hyde Amendment. As mentioned earlier, should I be elected, I would first read the specifics of all proposed legislation before committing to support or not support. Also, because of the realities of today’s environment, unless there is significant health care reform at the national level, I do not foresee eliminating cost sharing.

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 women should not be placed in danger when it comes to accessing reproductive health services. Also, I do not believe that the government should have control over a woman’s body.

District 9, Jack J Walsh (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 a firm believer that all people are entitled to comprehensive, quality and safe reproductive health care that is non-biased and not based upon ones income.

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:

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

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:

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

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 proud supporter of SB5 in the 149th General Assembly.

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:

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

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 as these laws are designed to shutdown reproductive clinics and make access to safe abortions more difficult for women.

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:

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

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:

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

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:

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

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. 

Over the past four years in the Delaware State Senate I have supported legislation in support of a woman's right to choose (SB5), Women's ERA (HB399), 12 week paid parental leave (HB3) among others. I will continue to support reproductive rights for women and strive to eliminate any and all racial and economic barriers to quality and affordable healthcare for people of all walks of life.

District 12, Nicole Poore (D)

Question 1

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

Yes

Please add additional comments below:

Reproductive healthcare is lifesaving. I strongly believe that supporting pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation is essential in building healthy communities.

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:

While we have made progress in Delaware, we must work to make sure that every person has access to high-quality family planning programs regardless of their race, income, or zip code.

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 sponsored SB 78, which added the definition of consent to Delaware curriculum because I strongly believe that education is needed to decrease rates of sexual violence in our state. Curriculum should absolutely be inclusive of LGBTQ+ sexual experiences and identities because every student deserves to be equipped with information about their sexual health regardless of their sexual orientation.

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 proud to sponsor SS 1 for SB 5.

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 TRAP laws. which are designed to chip away at access to abortion and shut down providers who offer essential reproductive 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

Please add additional comments below::

Cost should never prohibit someone from seeking and receiving reproductive healthcare. I would be willing to have conversations about how we can continue to expand access to reproductive healthcare and related preventative care services.

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 prevents patients from accessing an abortion even when their health is at risk. I believe that every person regardless of their income deserves the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions.

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:

Current disparities in infant and maternal health are unacceptable and deeply rooted in structural racism. I would strongly support legislation aimed at addressing the multiple causes of these issues from addressing racial bias in healthcare settings to promoting healthcare affordability.

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.

My legislative record reflects my commitment to reproductive rights. As a mother, I will continue to fight to ensure that every person and family is empowered to make their own healthcare decisions and that cost does not prevent any Delawarean from receiving essential reproductive health services.

District 13, David B. McBride (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 proud to support SB5 and vote "yes" on the bill in 2017.

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 a proud supporter of reproductive rights and healthcare in our state. I pledge to continue to do so, particularly in a time when many of these rights are being threatened at a federal level.

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, Bruce Ennis (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

In the 38 years that I served as a State Senator, I consistently focused on ensuring Delawareans had access to health, education, and other needed services. My record of consistent support for women, children and families shows strong support for reproductive and sexual health legislation. I have also voted against legislation that would block access to contraception education, information and supplies or to avert a pregnancy. I have consistently upheld a women’s right to choose free of government interference. Planned Parenthood serves an important role in our communities with the services that they provide for family planning, STD testing and education, health and wellness and access to a safe legal abortion.

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 support state funding for family planning services and to remove any barriers to access of healthcare like affordability.

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? 

No 

Please add additional comments below:

IF this includes those under 16 without parental notification or consent.

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Inequities in Delaware and the country need to be addressed.

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:

Legislation similar to the Hyde Amendment is an attempt to undercut Roe v. Wade.

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 must address inequities in healthcare.

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. 

Serving the residents of the 14th District for years has been an honor. My legislative focus has always been to do what is right and just for the people of Delaware. Providing quality, safe, affordable healthcare has been a top priority. My democratic colleagues and I have worked had to address inequities in care by removing barriers to access.

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

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

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 support a woman's right to choice. I would not support any bill that seeks to undermine or replace Roe v. Wade.

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:

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

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 find these tactics to be predatory and discriminatory by impeding on a woman's fundamental right to an abortion. If elected to the Delaware State Senate, I would aggressively seek to be a stop to such actions in Delaware.

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 14, Terrance (Terry) Baker (R)

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 am a Pro life Candidate

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.

State 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 5, Kendra Johnson (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:

Absolutely! These services are essential.

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.

As a teenager I was a recipient of services provided by my local Planned Parenthood. I have never forgotten what it felt like needing exams and reproductive counseling and education and not knowing where to go for support. Luckily for me, there was PP. I will forever be a supporter of Planned Parenthood and the services they provide. For many women and girls PP changed their lives. We must ensure that women's rights and reproductive health care is just that- a right. I stand with Planned Parenthood.

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 7, Larry Lambert (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 to read the legislation first, as with all legislation

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? 

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? 

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 am a strong supporter of Black Mothers in Power, Delaware's primary Black Maternal Health advocacy group. I invited the founder, Shane' Darby, to be interviewed on my cable access talk show to bring the issue to a wider audience.

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 strong supporter of Black Mothers in Power, Delaware's primary Black Maternal Health advocacy group. I invited the founder, Shane' Darby, to be interviewed on my cable access talk show to bring the issue to a wider audience.

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 9, Debbie Harrington (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 stand firm on ensuring quality healthcare solutions and education, informed personal decision making and fair and just access in planning for parenthood.

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 14, Pete Schwartzkopf (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:

I think the question should be rewritten to make it easier to understand.

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? 

Respondent skipped this question

Please add additional comments below:

Wasn’t this recently decided by a court case?

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 15, Valerie Longhurst (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 been a long time supportive of reproductive rights and primed sponsored all legislation put forward.

District 17, Melissa Minor-Brown (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? 

Please add additional comments below:

Teens under the age of 16 should always have an advocate with them when seeking abortion to ensure safety and appropriate follow up care. When you say "confidentially access" what does that mean?

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:

Waiting periods should never be a factor especially in a situation where time is critical and a longer wait can lead to serious physical and mental health complications. These proposed restrictions are usually created to antagonize people which can also have a huge negative impact on a persons mental health.

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 black mother who experienced complications during both pregnancies. I am a nurse, I was a teen mom, and I am a legislator.

District 18, David Bentz (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 supported this 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:

We had similar legislation introduced in Delaware and considered in the House Health Committee. As chair of that committee, I opposed these bills and worked to help defeat these in 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. 

I have been supportive of protecting and expanding reproductive rights for years and will continue to be in the future.

District 21, Stephanie Barry (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I would like to work with like-minded legislators in supporting the efforts of Planned Parenthood with whatever legislative goals they have in order to protect and advance women’s right to choose and general sexual wellness.

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 support continuing to fund and increasing funding for family planning and reproductive health services overall. I also believe that we need to work to reduce the high costs that are associated with giving birth. According to Business Insider (December 2019), the average out-of-pocket cost of giving birth in Delaware ranges between $6,000-17,000 depending on the type of birth and whether or not the person is covered by health insurance.

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:

Delaware needs LGBTQ+ inclusive sexuality education, but we also need to expand sexuality education across the board. Delaware currently requires sexuality education for kindergarten through twelfth grade, but the implementation of that education is at the discretion of the individual school boards. School board discretion prevents our students from receiving equitable comprehensive sexuality education, as the education varies from district to district. Delaware law specifies that the education must include HIV-prevention and stresses the importance of abstaining from high-risk behaviors, but it does not further describe the specific content of the curricula. Our sexuality education laws are too vague and allows for much interpretation and potential variations from district to district. All Delaware students should receive the information that they need to develop healthy sexuality and make informed decisions about their bodies, regardless of what school they attend. In order to achieve this, the curricula must bebe inclusive of all sexualities and gender identities to address all students’ needs.

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 personally supported SB5 at the time it was passed, and I have and always will support abortion rights. Delaware’s codification of Roe will protect abortion access in our state in the event that the Supreme Court overturns this key court case. Key strengths of SB 5 include: the discretion given to doctors to determine viability on a holistic case-by-case basis; the discretion allowed by the line “termination of pregnancy after viability limited”; and the repeal of residency restrictions, which will allow access to abortion for pregnant people in surrounding states in the event that their state’s access is restricted or eliminated. The key weakness of the bill is that it does not amend the Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which creates a substantial barrier for teens seeking abortion services.

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:

Parental notification is currently required in Delaware for teens under age sixteen seeking abortions. It is not always safe for teens to disclose their pregnancy or their need for an abortion to their parents or guardians, which makes this policy a major barrier for pregnant teens. There is an opportunity to have this requirement waived by the court, but most teenagers do not know how to go about requesting that waiver, which may delay their abortion even further. COVID-19 has created an additional barrier for these waivers, as the already daunting court process is further complicated by court closures. Additionally, the high cost of an abortion may be an additional barrier for teens, particularly low-income teens. So even if a teen may have parental support to obtain an abortion, if they cannot afford the procedure their “access” to it is not enough.

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:

hese restrictions are intended to dissuade doctors from providing abortion, make abortion services cost-prohibitive and inaccessible, and delay abortions unnecessarily. Waiting periods create substantial barriers for pregnant people in areas without or with limited abortion providers, as they often have to travel hours to the nearest clinic that will provide an abortion. People may also have to arrange for transportation, childcare (59% of women who obtain abortions are mothers), and a day off of work not just for their procedure, but for the additional appointments they must attend beforehand to be allowed to obtain to procedure. These waiting periods, combined with the difficulty of getting to a clinic, may make them ineligible for abortion altogether if they are past the state-determined cut-off point in their pregnancy. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, and yet no other medical procedure is so highly regulated and restricted. We need to work to eliminate restrictions and barriers.

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:

Abortion should not be a privilege reserved for those that can afford it. No one should be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term and be forced to do so due to lack of funds or insurance to cover the cost of the procedure.

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 prevents federal funds from being used for abortion services unless the abortion is necessary in order to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. These narrow exceptions make it nearly impossible to receive a Medicaid-funded abortion, even if continuing a pregnancy is a major health risk. The restriction on abortion funding for Medicaid patients means that patients must self-fund procedures. Patients that cannot self-fund may be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, or may seek alternate means to self-induce abortion. Thirty percent of Black women and 1 in 5 women of reproductive age overall are covered by Medicaid. Abortion is a routine, safe medical procedure, one that actually carries far lower risks than childbirth, and as a medical procedure, should be covered as such.

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:

Although I want to emphasize that it is not race that is the cause of these disparities in infant mortality, it is systemic racism in our society. There is no biological reason that Black mothers or Black infants have higher death rates; these disparate outcomes are a result of systemic racism in the medical field. Any legislation seeking to reduce disparities needs to address the core of the issue, which is that Black women’s pain is not taken as seriously as white women’s.

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 in the right of all people to choose if, when, and how to have children. I also believe in the right of all people to raise their children in a safe and healthy environment. Reproductive justice goes beyond reproductive care. The decision if and when to have children should be a personal decision that is not restricted by income, zip code, or environment. If a person cannot afford to raise the child they so want, that is a reproductive justice issue. If a person is worried about the safety of their water, their housing situation or how their neighborhood environment may impact their children, that is a reproductive justice issue. If a person is concerned about what their child’s future will be like due to underfunded, inequitable public schools and limited job opportunities, that is a reproductive justice issue. Legislators need to understand the ways in which low wages, underfunded schools, pollution, housing conditions and costs, and the rising costs of healthcare are all intertwined. Support for reproductive rights does not stop at abortion; we must work to make Delaware a state where families can thrive. 

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 23, Paul Baumbach (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 SUPPORTED SB5 IN 2017, AND I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS ISSUE.

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 BELIEVE THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES HEALTH CARE, PURE AND SIMPLE, AND THAT THE CARE SHOULD BE REQUESTED BY THE INDIVIDUAL/PATIENT, AND SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AND THAT STATE LAWS SHOULD NOT GET BETWEEN THE PATIENT AND THEIR DOCTOR.

District 24, Edward Osienski (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 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, 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

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 34, Bob Haynes (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: :

Effective contraception should be available to all and the sliding scale is reasonable as long as free for those who cannot to pay anything.

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?

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:

The treatment of a minor should require parental consent. I cannot support taking away a parent's right to know what is being done to their child, but the judicial process allows for a remedy if necessary. The one exception would be if a parent caused the pregnancy through abuse, such as rape, or child sex trafficking etc

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.

A world where abortion is not a legal option will not stop abortions. The wealthy can find somewhere to have an abortion. The not wealthy may find someway too that is not as nice or safe. Making abortion illegal would allow the state to investigate any miscarriage to determine if it was an abortion.

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?

Yes

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 Executive, Maggie Jones (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 became a mother at the age of 17 while still in high school. Therefore, through my personal experience I understand the importance of teenagers having access to health care relative to their reproductive rights. Planned Parenthood has been a great healthcare resource for many years and I support the mission of this organization.

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 

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.

New Castle County President Of County Council, 
Monique Johns (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below: 

Absolutely

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, there are many services that Planned Parenthood provides such as: Pelvic Exam Cancer Screening Birth Control

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:

Our children need sex education in our schools as well as LGBTQ students. Many kids are participating in sex activity so we need to make sure the information is clear.

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:

A Woman's personal records should be kept between her doctor and herself, unless otherwise noted.

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:

With licensed counselors or trained counselors to assist before and after an abortion. This procedure can devastate a young girl.

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Absolutely! .

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:

Yes, ALL Women services should be covered, including abortions.

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 a young adult I volunteered at Planned Parenthood and counseled many young women on raising kids, career development and choosing the right career. My sister got pregnant at 16 years old and we took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, but she decided to keep her. We continued to take her to Planned Parenthood for may years afterwards. I am committed, dedicated, and invested in Planned Parenthood, we need the services that PP provides for All women no matter what economic level. I have been trained to volunteer at Planned Parenthood and would like to continue.

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

Wilmington City Candidate Responses

District 1, Coby Owens (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

I will use my position to support pro-reproductive and sexual health legislation on the city, county, state and federal level.

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 programs like Medicaid should cover abortion, contraceptive and other family planning 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:

I believe also that sex education should be fully inclusive and all students should have access to comprehensive sexual education courses, while ensuring that students who are disabled have the same opportunity to learn sex education.

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:

Yes, I joined advocates from across the state to call on the General Assembly to pass SB5 and I was there in the gallery when it passed.

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:

Being pro-choice means the person experiencing pregnancy should have the ability to choose what to do in that situation. I believe those under 16 should have the right to a safe and legal abortion without parental consent.

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:

Accessing abortion services is hard enough without the hoops that need to be jumped through and added cost due to provisions that only serve to further restrict said access. These provisions make it harder for the provider to give these important medical services and for the patient to access and afford it. This can have higher impacts on lower income people that may not live within a reasonable distance to facilities with accreditation and may also have less access to public transportation. When you cant access abortions, people may turn to more dangerous ways to in order to terminate their pregnancy.

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:

Abortion and other reproductive healthcare services can be expensive and therefore create unequal access for patients based on economic status. These services shouldn't only be accessible to the most privileged within our cities, state and country. These services should be guaranteed through all forms of insurance, whether employer provided, public or private.

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:

This impacts low income and disabled people disproportionately. Every person should have access to an abortion and their economic status should not determine their ability to get one. Disabled people are more likely to be low income and be on a public healthcare coverage program. Disabled people also face more barriers accessing abortion due to the fact they may be considered a high risk patient, the provider may not have the accessibility devices needed to provide the an abortion, and it may lead to higher costs overall. Pregnancy may have a higher risk of negative health consequences in certain disabled people that would not be considered life threatening/afford coverage under the Hyde amendment but make an abortion necessary. The Hyde amendment hurt multi-marginalized people most, there for creating inequities in reproductive healthcare.

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 think you can’t stop at legislation. I think that we need to work on the educational level with training doctors on racial disparities. I think that this is also indicative of a problem with environmental racism, food deserts, and other outside factors which would cause Black people to have a higher chance of developing health issues that could impact pregnancy or infancy. When you combine these factors with the higher chance that these people have lowered access to quality healthcare, the weight of this racial justice issue becomes apparent. We need to create comprehensive legislative and social change that would ensure that all these issues are addressed if we truly are committed to ensuring optimal health during pregnancy and infancy in the Black community. This is a highly intersectional issue, bridging race, disability status, gender, etc with each other.

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 a long record of fighting for everyone’s civil rights and I will continue doing that no matter what happens in this election.

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.

District 7, Devon Hynson (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:

Public confidentiality not confidentiality from the child’s parents

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 extremely pro woman’s choice when it relates to reproductive matters.

District 7, Dayl Thomas (L)
Refused Endorsement

Question 1 

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

I am Pro-Life. I believe that neither Planned Parenthood nor Pro- Life groups should get any tax-payer funds. Both should make their case to all people and allow the free market to decide.

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

Please add additional comments below:

Never. Please see my response to Question #4 above.

Question 3 

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

No

Please add additional comments below:

I believe these discussions shoudl be left to Parents or gaurdians to have with their children. Children should be free to ask other adults they know with Parental or guardian consent.

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:

As long as a Pregnant Person is below the age of 18, parental or guardian consent should always be sought. The state should never take the role of a parent or guardian.

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:

Please see previous answers. If legal age of adulthood was moved to 16, then I would support their right to choose, but would try to persuade them not to.

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:

If a person is bound and determined to end an unborn baby's life, so be it. Freedom for consenting adults is so important and should be supported, even if we don't agree with those individual choices.

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

Please add additional comments below:

No, this is force. I oppose all state funded health 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? 

No

Please add additional comments below:

Please see question #10 above.

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

Please add additional comments below:

I support the free market to find an answer to this problem, not the state. 

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 will fight for the rights of each individual, consenting adult as long as the state is not involved. Government always makes things worse.

District 8, Sean Barney (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 

At Large, Maria D Cabrera (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? 

No

Please add additional comments below:

I feel that teenagers could benefit from the advice and support of a trusted adult. They should explore all options and support systems which could lend to positive outcomes. I.e adoption, as there are so many women who cannot conceive. Family may be supportive so teenager does not need to feel desolate and alone. Even if parents are not involved, there should be some coulseling and sound advice so teenaer can make a sound decision. I would support confidentiality as their are many situations that could put teenager at risks, but strongly recommend counseling.

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 

Please add additional comments below:

Please note that City Council members do not vote or legislate these laws. The general assembly/state legislatures are the ones with the power to support or reject theses laws.

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 

At Large, Loretta Walsh (D)

Question 1 

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

Yes 

Please add additional comments below:

All I can do are resolutions in support since this is a Supreme Court ruling

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:

No brainer. In the end it reduces State costs

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? 

Please add additional comments below:

I always struggle with this one.. I would support with the permission of a parent, guardian, relative or adult person willing t0 co-navigate the procedure with the patient.

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:

This whole issue should not even be legislated. It is a medical decision between a woman and her doctor.

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 a staunch supporter of reproductive rights for 40 years. It seems that every damn step made in the last 50 years we are now walking backwards. Young women need to very much get involved in the right to choose before it is too late

At Large, Rysheema Dixon (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:

Under certain circumstances only

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 

Please add additional comments below:

With clear plans on 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 

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 fully support reducing health disparities and the promotion of women’s health

Mayor, Velda Jones-Potter (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:

Yes. There are true, data-proven disparities in health and healthcare further exacerbated by the financial burden associated with the cost of care. State funding provides an opportunity for us to do our part in ensuring that all individuals have access to quality, affordable health care 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 

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

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. 

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