A state delegate is fighting to stop the practice of performing a pelvic exam while a patient is under anesthesia without the patient's consent in hospitals in Maryland. In Maryland, there's no law against it.
Del. Heather Bagnall has proposed legislation to forbid health care practitioners, students and trainees from performing pelvic, rectal or prostate exams on unconscious or anesthetized patients without written consent or unless medically necessary.
There is an expression veteran legislators use frequently when describing the experience of a 90-day session in which approximately 3,000 pieces of legislation will be considered — “drinking from a fire hose.”