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Kentucky Revised Statutes 402.320 - Marriage license applicants to be tested for trait or genetically transmitted disease affecting hemoglobin -- Counseling carriers

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Marriage license applicants to be tested for trait or genetically transmitted disease affecting hemoglobin -- Counseling carriers

Every physician examining applicants for a marriage license may obtain an appropriate blood specimen from each applicant and forward same to the Division of Laboratory Services, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or to a laboratory approved by the cabinet, to ascertain the existence or nonexistence of sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease, or any other genetically transmitted disease which affects hemoglobin. In the event the laboratory tests indicate that both applicants are carriers of a trait or disease, the physician may provide genetic counseling or refer the applicants to the cabinet or to an agency approved by the cabinet for such counseling.

History: Amended 2005 Ky. Acts ch. 99, sec. 622, effective June 20, 2005. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 426, sec. 577, effective July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 273, sec. 1. -- Created 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 122, sec. 2.

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