- Posted February 16, 2014 by
Phl institutionalizes pregnancy test
THE House of Representatives in Manila has approved on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing the mandatory pregnancy testing of all women of childbearing age who will undergo cosmetic surgery.
Rep. Susan Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) on Sunday said House Bill 398 aims to protect the well-being of the mother and to prevent the unborn from the harmful effects that cosmetic surgery may cause.
Yap said the measure requires all cosmetic surgery practitioners to subject women of childbearing age, who will undergo cosmetic surgery procedure to a mandatory pregnancy testing to be administered by a medical practitioner who is capable of determining accurate pregnancy testing.
"In lay terms or in a manner that the patient can give an informed or intelligent consent to the procedure, the cosmetic surgery practitioner is required to disclose all available choices, precise and potential dangers associated with cosmetic surgery and the possible risks of undergoing such procedure when a woman is pregnant," said Yap, who is the principal author of the bill.
"Women who have been found to be infertile or incapable to reproduce based on objective criteria are exempted from the conduct of pregnancy testing," Yap added.
Rep. Eufranio Eriguel, chairman of the House Committee on Health and co-author of the measure, said the proposed Act also provides for a graduated penalty for the offender, natural or juridical person.
Some of the offenses punishable under the proposed Act are failure of the cosmetic surgery practitioner to inform the patient of the potential dangers of the procedures, performing surgery without the required pregnancy test, and performing cosmetic surgery procedures on any woman who has been positively found to be pregnant even when there is full disclosure or a signed waiver of the right to sue over a denied and undetected pregnancy on the part of the woman.