Pelvic exams performed without patients' permission spur new legislation

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Ashley Weitz didn’t expect a pelvic exam when she went to the emergency room for uncontrolled vomiting.

It was 2007, and the doctors in the Utah emergency room couldn’t tell what was wrong, despite multiple tests. The attending physician was trying to discharge Weitz when she vomited again. Instead, he gave her Phenergan, a drug they’d been hoping to avoid because it has a powerful sedative effect. She passed out.

She woke up screaming, with her feet in stirrups and the doctor’s hand in her vagina. The doctor was looking for signs of a sexually transmitted infection, but Weitz, who says she was a “really good 23-year-old Mormon girl” at the time, had insisted that it wasn’t possible. He did the exam anyway—and he didn’t ask for permission.

That’s how Weitz ended up testifying before the Utah Senate earlier this year in favor of a bill that forbids medical examination of pelvic areas without the patient’s express consent.
Pelvic exams performed without patients' permission spur new legislation

That's an interesting article.
 

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Ashley Weitz didn’t expect a pelvic exam when she went to the emergency room for uncontrolled vomiting.

It was 2007, and the doctors in the Utah emergency room couldn’t tell what was wrong, despite multiple tests. The attending physician was trying to discharge Weitz when she vomited again. Instead, he gave her Phenergan, a drug they’d been hoping to avoid because it has a powerful sedative effect. She passed out.

She woke up screaming, with her feet in stirrups and the doctor’s hand in her vagina. The doctor was looking for signs of a sexually transmitted infection, but Weitz, who says she was a “really good 23-year-old Mormon girl” at the time, had insisted that it wasn’t possible. He did the exam anyway—and he didn’t ask for permission.

That’s how Weitz ended up testifying before the Utah Senate earlier this year in favor of a bill that forbids medical examination of pelvic areas without the patient’s express consent.
Pelvic exams performed without patients' permission spur new legislation

That's an interesting article.
Darn! I'll have to get a new sideline.
 

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