June 27, 2013 — The Delaware Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill (SB 140) that would increase regulation of abortion clinics, the Delaware State News reports (Rini, Delaware State News, 6/25). The bill now heads to the House.
The bill would allow medical center employees, rather than just patients, to file complaints with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Additionally, the bill would require abortion clinics to gain accreditation from an independent, state-approved organization that has no conflicts of interest with the clinic. Currently, Planned Parenthood accredits its own clinics (Chase, AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/25).
State Sen. Robert Venables (D) proposed the legislation in response to incidents at a Wilmington Planned Parenthood clinic, where safety and sanitary violations were discovered (Delaware State News, 6/25).
Last month, state medical licensing officials filed a formal complaint against an abortion provider at the facility, alleging the doctor was a "clear and immediate danger to the public." The claim included reports of sexual harassment, inappropriate language and conduct, and negligence during five abortion procedures. According to the report, Planned Parenthood reprimanded the physician, and he then sent a letter to state officials saying he retired (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/25).