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HOUSE BILL NO. 601

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 7, TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MINORS' CONSENT TO DIAGNOSTIC AND LAWFUL THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Amend §708 (a) Chapter 7, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking said paragraph (a) in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (a) to read as follows:

"(a) A minor 12 years of age or over who professes to be either pregnant or afflicted with contagious, infectious or communicable diseases within the meaning of Chapters 5 and 7 of Title 16, or who professes to be exposed to the chance of becoming pregnant, may give written consent, except to abortion, to any licensed physician, hospital or public clinic for any diagnostic, preventive, lawful therapeutic procedures, medical or surgical care and treatment, including x-rays, by any physician licensed for the practice of medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine or surgery in this State and by any hospital or public clinic, their qualified employees or agents while acting within the scope of their employment."

Approved July 7, 1976