CHAPTER 87

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH

AN ACT REQUIRING PRENATAL EXAMINATION FOR SYPHILIS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. Every physician attending a pregnant woman in Delaware during gestation shall, in the case of each woman so attended, take or cause to be taken a sample of blood of such woman at the time of first examination, and submit such sample to an approved laboratory for a standard serological test for syphilis. Every other person permitted by law to attend upon pregnant women in the State but not permitted by law to take blood tests, shall cause a sample of the blood of such pregnant woman to be taken by a duly licensed physician and submitted to an approved laboratory for a standard serological test for syphilis. The term "approved laboratory" means a laboratory approved for this purpose by the State Board of Health. A standard serological test for syphilis is one recognized as such by the State Board of Health. Such laboratory tests as are required by this act shall be made on request without charge by the State Board of Health.

Section 2. In reporting every birth and stillbirth, physicians and others permitted to attend pregnancy cases and required to report births, and stillbirths shall state on the birth certificate or stillbirth certificate, as the case may be, whether a blood test for syphilis has been made during such pregnancy upon a specimen of blood taken from the woman who bore the child for which a birth or stillbirth certificate is filed and, if made, the date when such test was made, and, if not made, the reason why such test was not made. In no event shall the birth certificate state the result of the test.

Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately. Approved March 8, 1939.