Ministers pushing for abortion regulations

A group of Delaware ministers are pushing for better regulation of Delaware abortion clinics in response to the murder accusations against Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Reverend Christopher Bullock, who leads Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, was joined by a group of fellow pastors, members of A Rose and A Prayer and Delaware Right to Life in downtown Wilmington, to talk about the efforts to increase regulation at abortion clinics in Delaware.

Bullock says the group is working with as of right now un-named lawmakers in Dover, to get their legislative agenda introduced in the General Assembly.  “Tanning salons are regulated.  Beauty salons are regulated.  Barber shops are regulated, but these clinics are not regulated,” Bullock says.  In addition to regulations for clinics, the group wants the state to require parental notification for teens who want to get an abortion.

Bullock says Delaware has become an attractive state for girls in Pennsylvania trying to avoid parental notification requirements in their home state.  “We have a huge opportunity here to help them and their families.  It’s our obligation, a moral obligation, to pass equivalent parental consent laws here in the First State.”

Ministers in Delaware will be taking the anti-abortion message to their congregations next month in an effort they’re calling “End the Silence Sunday.”  They plan on taking members of their congregations to Dover by the busload to show lawmakers their support for more regulations on abortion clinics.  Those demonstrations are being planned for later in March.

The minister’s action comes just one day after Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden called on the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline to suspend two doctors who practice at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Wilmington.  Biden says the two doctors failed to report Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor who’s facing murder charges for killing seven babies and one patient.  Gosnell worked part time at the Atlantic facility in Wilmington.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.