As a State Senator, Bryan has championed the health and wellness of women in Delaware. He strongly supports fully funded, unrestricted access to affordable women’s health care, provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood, which ensures women have full control and choice over their own health care decisions. Additionally, in concert with advocates and survivors across the state, Bryan is working to improve the policies that protect survivors of rape, sexual assault, abuse, and harassment.
Bryan was the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5 during the 149th General Assembly, with codified the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade in Delaware. The bill removed unconstitutional language in the Delaware code that has remained in statute since 1973, when the Court overturned state-level bans on abortion.
Bryan was also a sponsor of legislation that codified the current federal requirement that health insurance plans in Delaware provide coverage for contraceptives. He understands that access to affordable birth control options is a key health benefit to women and children and provides women with increased opportunities to participate in the workforce and further their education.
Until this year, Delaware was only one of only a handful of states that did not explicitly permit health care providers from engaging in expedited partner therapy. This kind of treatment is recommended by Centers for Disease Control as one of best ways to combat sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia and gonorrhea, the prevalence of which Delaware ranks in the top ten nationwide. Bryan was the lead sponsor of legislation to ensure that women, and men, in Delaware have access to this kind of treatment.