Pennsylvania will require patient consent for pelvic exams by medical students

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania law will require doctors to get a patient’s verbal and written consent before medical students can perform pelvic exams on someone who receives anesthesia. Gov. Josh Shapiro signed the legislation into law last week, and a press conference commemorated it on Monday. The measure is part of a broader national effort to require informed consent for the examinations. At least 20 states have enacted similar measures. The Pennsylvania act will require health care providers to receive a patient's verbal and written consent for a pelvic, rectal or prostate exam to be conducted under anesthesia. The law takes effect in January.

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