Olympians Back California Plan for Disclosures on Doctors
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Olympians who were abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar spoke in support of legislation Monday that would make California the first state to require doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation for wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct.
"Every effort must be made to make sure patients have every piece of information that is vital to their health and safety," Jordyn Wieber, who won a gold medal in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics, told reporters at the California Capitol.
The measure could help protect women from being abused by doctors, said Wieber, who was joined by gymnast and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher, several other female athletes and other women who say they have been sexually abused by doctors.
Patients can find information online about which doctors are on probation if they know where to look. The measure from Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill would force doctors to tell patients about their probation status and the basic details of its terms.
It comes after Nassar, a former sports doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the organization responsible for training Olympians, was sentenced this year to decades in prison. He has admitted sexually abusing women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.