Florida set to require consent for pelvic exams

March 13, 2020 GMT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Doctors and medical students won’t be able to perform pelvic exams on unconscious patients without their informed consent under a bill the Florida Senate sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday.

Democratic Sen. Lauren Book filed the bill after learning that some university hospitals use patients under anesthesia as a teaching tool for medical students while undergoing other procedures, unbeknownst to the patient.

The bill also would require fertility clinics inform women of who donated reproductive material before implanting an embryo.

It also bans doctors and health care practitioners from inseminating a woman or implanting an embryo using their own reproductive material. A violation would be a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.