July 14, 2007 | Daily Progress
by Bob Gibson
new state law prohibiting unauthorized pelvic exams by medical students
Robin Wilson won the presentation from Bell for her inspiration, research and work that led the General Assembly this year to pass House Bill 2969, which he said prohibits the little-known but common practice at teaching hospitals of allowing medical students to perform pelvic exams on anesthetized patients without explicit consent.
Wilson, who had sat on a hospital ethics committee, said a young woman in training had come to her and said, “I am being asked to do pelvic exams on women without their permission.”
about dropped my jaw and said, ‘You have got to be kidding me,’”
new law requires informed consent for such exams, which
The women were “not being told about it,” which is ironic because typically “women consent, but they want to be asked,” said the University of Virginia law school graduate who was in a small study group with Bell at the law school.
Bell handed framed plaques to Wilson as well as seven other winners of his annual “citizen lawmaker” awards Friday in a brief ceremony in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse.
Charlottesville police Capt. Chip Harding won an award for his work leading to passage of House Bill 3034, which sets statewide standards for collecting DNA samples from offenders who have committed a felony, including more than 7,000 individuals whose DNA was not collected but should have been.
legislation “is probably the single biggest bill that has ever been
brought to me by an individual citizen,”
discovered that thousands of DNA samples were missing from the state’s DNA
databank and helped
“We are just hoping that we have that long shot that our serial rapist may be one of these thousands” whose missing DNA is being collected now, Harding said.
He recognized Nancy McCord and Steve Anderson as two key citizens whose work led to his bill limiting the power of eminent domain and requiring that land seized by government be for public uses.
Dr. Deborah Perina and Dr. Sabina Braithwaite, a pair of UVa physicians, won awards for their work to require that before any mental health temporary detention order is issued the recommendations of any treating or examining physician be considered.
Scott won an award for his inspiration that
a former GOP House of Delegates candidate from
Tomlin, who has worked as a city police sergeant, won an award for pushing
a tax-relief measure for owners of leased vehicles who were not getting
the proper property tax relief,
Ohle, director of
Moore, an assistant
R. Zug, a fellow prosecutor, accepted the award for
Addison won an award for her work on behalf of a bill that makes it a
Class 6 felony to injure someone as a result of operating a watercraft
J. E. "Chip" Harding
Albemarle Sheriff's Office
410 E. High Street
Charlottesville, Va 22902