Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 25-22.5-6-2.2.

Synopsis: Informed consent for hysterectomy or oophorectomy. Requires a physician to obtain informed consent and provide certain information to a patient before performing a hysterectomy or oophorectomy.

Effective: July 1, 2011.


    January 12, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.


First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 25-22.5-6-2.2; (11)IN1257.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 25-22.5-6-2.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 2.2. (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), before a physician performs a hysterectomy or an oophorectomy, the physician shall obtain oral and written informed consent from the patient. The informed consent procedure must ensure that the following information is given to the patient at least two (2) weeks before the patient signs the consent form:
        (1) Advice that the individual is free to withhold or withdraw consent to the procedure at any time before the hysterectomy or oophorectomy without affecting the right to future care or treatment and without loss or withdrawal of any state or federally funded program benefits to which the individual might be otherwise entitled.
        (2) A copy of the DVD entitled "Female Anatomy: The Functions of the Female Organs" produced by the HERS

Foundation, including a printed transcript of the text of the DVD.
        (3) A copy of the pamphlet entitled "Hysterectomy Pamphlet - True or False" produced by the HERS Foundation.
        (4) A color copy of the following diagrams:
            (A) The female pelvic organs.
            (B) Supporting structures of the female pelvic organs.
            (C) Nerve supply to the uterus and ovaries.
            (D) Arteries and veins that provide blood supply to the female pelvic organs.
    (b) The patient shall sign a written statement before the hysterectomy or oophorectomy is performed, indicating she has read and understood the written information provided under subsection (a), and that this information has been discussed with her by her attending physician and surgeon, or the physician's and surgeon's designee. The statement must indicate that the patient has been advised by the patient's physician or the physician's designee that the hysterectomy or oophorectomy will render the patient permanently sterile and incapable of having children.
    (c) The informed consent procedure under this section is not required when the hysterectomy or oophorectomy is performed in a life threatening emergency situation in which the physician determines prior written informed consent is not possible.
    (d) If, after a hearing, the board finds that a physician has not complied with this section, the physician is subject to disciplinary sanctions under IC 25-1-9.