ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Matt Klein, M.D. (DFL-Mendota Heights) announced at a press conference this morning that he is the Senate chief author of the Physician Integrity Act. The bill authorizes medical professionals to give medically accurate and scientific-based information to their patients. The bill also asserts the rights of doctors; and attempts to do away with a law passed in 2003 that requires doctors to provide medically inaccurate information to their female patients about abortion procedures.
“Current law infringes on the doctor-patient relationship. This bill says that science matters and that patients and doctors can make good decisions based on facts. Doctors should not be forced to recite a political and medically inaccurate message to their patients. I was elected as a doctor to represent the rights of all patients. I am authoring this legislation because we need to keep health care decisions where they belong: in the exam room,” said Sen. Klein.
Rep. Laurie Halvorson (DFL-Eagan) is the chief author of this legislation in the Minnesota House. The bill is part of a larger package of common-sense reproductive health care legislation. The other half of the package includes the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act which protects the right to affordable, accessible contraception and respects the family planning and medical decisions women make with their doctors.