Del. House Sends Abortion Clinic Regulations to Gov. Markell

July 3, 2013 — The Delaware House ended its session Monday after giving unanimous approval to a bill (SB 140) that would increase regulation of abortions clinics, the Delaware News Journal reports. The bill now heads to Gov. Jack Markell (D) (Starkey/Denison, Delaware News Journal, 7/1).

The bill would allow abortion clinic employees, rather than just patients, to file complaints with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. In addition, the bill would require abortion clinics to gain accreditation from an independent, state-approved organization that has no conflicts of interest with the clinic.

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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/27).

The final bill would not require drop-in inspections of abortion clinics -- a provision that Republican lawmakers had proposed (Delaware News Journal, 7/1).