Delaware Planned Parenthood keeping eye on abortion debate

DOVER — Abortion rights remain unchanged in Delaware, but hotly contested debates elsewhere continue.

As national machinations take place, Delaware’s Planned Parenthood 501(c)(4) nonprofit is casting a wary eye to the future.

“At this time Delaware is considered a safe state for abortion so our needs are more to protect the legislation that has already been passed to codify Roe,” President and CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said last week.

“That said we are always only one session away from enacting some of the terrible restrictions on abortion that are introduced into Delaware each legislative session. Our Advocacy group is active and continues to grow in support of Reproductive Rights work in our state.”

Planned Parenthood agencies in nearby states are taking action. The Associated Press reported last week that Planned Parenthood is launching a regional political advocacy group to help protect abortion rights in Maryland, the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. A 501(C)(4) startup comes as abortion restrictions have been approved in state legislatures around the nation, the AP said.

According to the AP, Karen Nelson, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland and the co-CEO of the new regional group, is describing the action in other states as “a coordinated, aggressive and horrifying agenda to ban abortion and overturn Roe v. Wade.” That’s the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure nationwide.

Planned Parenthood says the new group will advocate politically to protect access to reproductive health care services, the AP said.

In Alabama, the Planned Parenthood there continued construction on a new women’s clinic last week despite the state’s passage of a near-total ban on abortions.

The Associated Press reported that workers, under the watch of security guards, appeared to be installing electrical wiring, plus heating and cooling units in the 10,000-square-foot structure.

The new facility is to be complete around November, which is the same time the new state law will take effect unless blocked by courts. Abortion critics vow to oppose the opening, but a spokeswoman for the women’s health organization said neither the new law nor opponents were a factor in the project.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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