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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan OKs bill requiring pelvic exam consent

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan OKs bill requiring pelvic exam consent

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to require patients to provide explicit consent before health care practitioners and medical students can conduct a pelvic, prostate or rectal exam while the patient is under anesthesia.

The measure, which was approved unanimously by the General Assembly, was signed Monday.

Bills were introduced in roughly a dozen states this year to require that women undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam beforehand. A pelvic exam is standard practice before gynecologic surgeries. Medical students sometimes do the exams as part of their training.

Sen. Brian Feldman, who sponsored the Senate bill, says...

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