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Bill To Prevent Nonconsensual Exams Becomes Law In Maine

Maine state law now includes new protections to prevent patients from experiencing nonconsensual medical exams. Democratic Rep. Vicki Doudera of Camden proposed a law requiring physicians and other care providers to receive informed consent prior to administering or supervising a pelvic, rectal or prostate exam on an anesthetized or unconscious patient.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the proposal into law on March 17.