News Flash– SB413, the Right to Professional Medical Judgment Act, has had its first reading and now goes to the Judiciary Committee. Many thanks to Senator Linda Coleman for introducing this bill and to the 9 co-sponsors! Let's do everything we can to push this bill– it will protect both women and physicians in our state from state-mandated rape and similar atrocities.
Writing the body of this bill was fairly easy, even though I am not a lawyer and have never written a bill before. The really cool thing is that any of us can do it! I love my day job and have no plan to give it over to write more bills– but I think we should all consider becoming active citizen legislators. We don't even need one of those big out of state special interest groups. What can we do next?
By Senators Coleman, Fielding, Irons, Figures, Bedford, Beasley, Sanders, Singleton, Ross and Keahey
Rd 1 15-MAR-12
|SYNOPSIS:||This bill would be known as the Right to Professional Medical Judgment Act.|
|This bill would allow a licensed physician or health care provider to refuse to perform any medical service that is not medically necessary or could harm a patient.|
TO BE ENTITLED
Relating to health care, to establish the Right to Professional Medical Judgment Act, to allow a licensed physician or health care provider to refuse to perform unnecessary medical services or services that could harm a patient.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. This bill would be known and may be cited as the Right to Professional Medical Judgment Act.
Section 2. No physician or health care provider licensed to practice in the State of Alabama shall be forced by state or local regulatory authority to perform any medical service or component of medical service if the service or component of service is not medically necessary or would be harmful to the patient and the patient does not desire the medical service. The right to practice within the scope of a medical license supersedes any existing or future legislative act.
Section 3. This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.