To the editor,
Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.1092/A.6325 which requires medical providers and those supervising medical students to now receive informed consent from patients in order to perform a pelvic exam as practice when the patient is under anesthesia or unconscious. At Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, we applaud this development and recognize this as significant progress in protecting patients rights.
New York now becomes the ninth state to require consent because no patient should ever have to wonder if pelvic exams occurred during an unrelated procedure. Health care should be transparent, and patients should be able to understand the scope of the care being provided. This unethical practice undermines the patient’s autonomy and violates the trust between practitioners and patients.
I want to thank Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Michaella Solages for their leadership on this issue, and the Governor for recognizing the important role this new law will play in a broader effort to protect and uplift the right to reproductive self-determination for all New Yorkers.
Robin Chappelle Golston
President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts