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Delaware Abortion Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2015 07:07 PM

A mix of restrictions and allowances paint Delaware as average when it comes to abortion laws compared with other states.

The Guttmacher Institute ranked Delaware 36th in the country based on the number of restrictions, skewing The First State in a pro-choice direction, according to a 2013 Washington Post report. Oklahoma had the strictest policies, while Oregon came in last with its lenient approach to women's reproductive rights.

In Delaware, a woman must wait 24 hours after receiving a full explanation of the abortion procedure. Abortions can only by legally provided by licensed medical doctors, according to the legal website, FindLaw.com.

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According to the organization Pro-Choice Delaware, the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is the "only thing protecting abortion rights" in the state, as local laws ban nearly all abortions. The organization said providers "face increasingly aggressive anti-reproductive rights protesters at their facilities who harass staff, patients and volunteers."

Nationally, Delaware received a C grade from NARAL Pro-Choice America, a group that scores each state based on the toughness of various abortion laws. California and Vermont, along with neighbors New Jersey and Maryland, earned top marks for their progressive stance with few major restrictions.

The pro-life group, Americans United for Life, ranked Delaware 32nd in the U.S., noting in its summary: "Recent scandals and substandard care at Delaware abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood clinics highlights the state's lack of meaningful legal protections for women considering abortion and the urgent need for laws regulating the abortion industry."

Using 2011 data, the Guttmacher Institute reported that 33 percent of Delaware counties had no abortion clinic, compared with 89 percent nationally, meaning that Delaware does at least allow for better access to the procedure.

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