Del. lawmakers eye tighter abortion regulations

By Randall Chase, Associated Press 10:37am, June 21, 2013
The state Senate is considering a bill authorizing tighter regulations on abortion clinics following recent problems at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington.

The bill allows abortion clinic employees, not just patients, to file complaints for investigations by the Department of Health and Social Services.

The legislation also requires abortion clinics to be accredited by a state-approved independent accrediting organization with no conflict of interest. Planned Parenthood accredits its own clinics.

Lawmakers briefly debated the bill Thursday but postponed a vote until next week.

The Planned Parenthood clinic was cited by public health officials recently for several unsafe and unsanitary practices, and state medical licensing officials filed a formal complaint last month against a doctor who performed abortions there, saying he represented a "clear and immediate danger to the public."

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