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FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 132

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 8, TITLE 16, OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE TREATMENT OF EYE INFLAMMATIONS OF THE NEWBORN.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 8, Title 16, of the Delaware Code, by deleting 6803 and substituting in lieu thereof a new 6803 to read as follows:

"§803. Treatment of eyes on birth; endorsement on birth certificate

The State Board of Health shall regulate the type of prophylactic treatment to be employed against Inflammation of the eye(s) of the newborn, the conditions under which such prophylaxis will be employed, and the diseases for which reporting is required. Such regulation shall conform with standards promulgated by the United States Center for Disease Control, United States Public Health Service. A record of the prophylactic used and details thereof shall be recorded on the birth certificate.

Nothing in this section shall require medical treatment for the minor child of any person who is a member of a recognized church or religious denomination and whose religious convictions, in accordance with the tenets and practices of his church or religious denomination, are against medical treatment for disease."

Approved July 11, 1983.