Theis bill sets consent requirements for invasive medical procedures

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Plan is part of House package in response to the Larry Nassar scandal

Minors will be protected from undergoing invasive medical procedures without specific and informed consent under legislation submitted by state Rep. Lana Theis.

The bill is part of a bipartisan 17-bill reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.

“Parents and children should have as much information as possible when doctors are recommending invasive medical procedures, especially when treating children,” said Theis, a member of the House Law and Justice Committee. “Although most doctors have the best of intentions in treating their patients, we must do our best to ensure what happened with Larry Nassar never occurs again. The child and their family must be informed and able to understand the purpose and scope of such a procedure, as well as what reasonable alternatives might be available.”

Under the legislation, procedures involving pelvic area penetration of minors is prohibited without meeting certain conditions:

  • The medical treatment is within the professional’s scope of practice;
  • Another health care professional is in the room during the procedure; and
  • Written consent on a standardized form is obtained from a person authorized by law to provide consent, such as the child’s parent.

The bill does allow for exceptions, such as a medical emergency or for services relating to the patient’s gynecological or reproductive health.

House Bill 5793 has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee.