|House Bill 47 - Monday, March 21, 2011|
|Sponsored by: Rep. Bryon Short, et. al.
This bill is in reaction to a series of news stories regarding late-term abortions performed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. During the investigation it came to light that Dr. Gosnell, who is facing eight counts of murder in PA for his activities, practiced at Delaware health clinics and that these facilities were not subject to state inspection. House Bill 47 would give the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) the authority to investigate and inspect unsanitary or unsafe conditions in certain facilities where invasive medical procedures are performed. Additionally, the bill would give the DHSS the authority to adopt regulations to strengthen oversight of such facilities. The Division of Professional Regulation (Department of State) the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline would also gain additional authority under the measure.
Status: Released from committee. Awaiting action in the House.
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