Law Would Limit Exams Under Anesthesia
Missouri doctors and doctors-in-training can legally exam patients under anesthesia or who are unconscious without the patient knowing it. The state Senate could soon debate Senator Lauren Arthur’s bill that would ban prostate, anal and pelvic exams without consent. Exceptions include if the patient or person authorized to make health care decisions for the patient gives approval, the exam is necessary for diagnostic or treatment purposes, or a court orders the exam for evidence.
The provider who violates the ban could be disciplined by the provider’s licensing board.