Monday, February 1, 2010

unauthorized pelvic exams while you sleep

Just when you started to feel safe (if you did):

Medical students routinely practice doing internal pelvic examinations while surgery patients are unconscious, and without getting specific consent, at least in Canada. [...] She polled her fellow students and found 72 per cent had also done exams on unconscious patients, without consent, confirming that it is routine.

Exerpt from a feministing article in response to an article from the Globe and Mail. I am horrified. HORRIFIED! Our bodies are not labs to be used for random educational experimentation. It is one thing to ask patients, then if they are willing, to perform this type of exam for learning purposes. But to do so without consent is a violation of our rights and trust.

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