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Cuomo signs bill requiring consent for pelvic exam at doctors offices

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a measure to prohibit the performance of pelvic exams without informed consent on patients under anesthesia or unconscious.

Democrat Cuomo’s Monday announcement says the law takes effect in 180 days.

Roughly a dozen states this year have introduced bills to require patients undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam beforehand.

A pelvic exam is standard practice before gynecologic surgeries. Medical students sometimes do the exams as part of training.

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