Legislation needed to clarify patient consent for pelvic exams!
It seems obvious that if a woman is in a hospital and unconscious, then she should not have to worry about having a pelvic exam performed on her body that she did not explicitly consent to. However, the disturbing reality of what is occurring to patients in hospitals and clinics, especially teaching facilities, has brought this issue to the public's attention.
In 2019, ELLE magazine conducted a survey of 101 medical students from seven medical schools and found that 92% reported performing a pelvic exam on an unconscious patient - 61% reporting performing this procedure without explicit patient consent.
The Patient Privacy Protect Act (SB 365) simply requires hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin to have consent policy in place for pelvic exams on a patient who is under general anesthesia or otherwise unconscious.
If you don't speak out, you can't be heard!