League of Women Voters supports AG lawsuit

January 18, 2022

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County applauds the Delaware Department of Justice for filing a lawsuit against the City of Seaford over its fetal remains disposal ordinance, scheduled to become effective Jan. 22. The Seaford ordinance would force anyone who has a surgical abortion or a miscarriage to have the fetal tissue interred or cremated at their own expense or at the healthcare facility’s expense, despite the hardship on patients and the clear preemption by state law.

Seeking to have the ordinance declared illegal and unconstitutional, Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court Jan. 11.

The League of Women Voters holds the position that in a pluralistic society public policy must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices, and we oppose any threat to this basic constitutional right, whether on the national, state or local level.

While Seaford’s ordinance serves no legitimate public health function, it clearly erects financial barriers that pressure women to forgo their constitutional right to privacy. It is disturbing that people who ordinarily oppose government intrusion into their lives would support an ordinance which does exactly that. A municipal government has no right to impose such restrictions on an individual’s most personal decisions. The League of Women Voters Sussex County stands alongside ACLU Delaware, the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, Delaware NOW, Women’s March Sussex Delaware, as well as other organizations that support the lawsuit and seek to prevent the erosion of the constitutional right of reproductive choice.

The board of the League of Women Voters of Sussex County.

Janet Ambrose
Marge LaFond
Jane Lord
Martha Rothenberg
Pat Newcomb
Rain Tyler
Jan Willis
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