Health and Safety

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

SECTION 23-11-8

§ 23-11-8. Blood test of pregnant women.

It shall be the duty of every physician engaged in prenatal attendance upon a pregnant woman to obtain a blood specimen of that pregnant woman within thirty (30) days after the first professional visit. That blood specimen shall be submitted to the laboratory of the state department of health, or to a laboratory approved by the department, for the performance of a Wassermann or other standard laboratory blood test for syphilis. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and that physician shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1923, ch. 395, § 251/2; P.L. 1938, ch. 2606, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 606, § 27; impl. am. P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 180; G.L. 1956, § 23-11-8.)