SENATE BILL NO. 5492


                                                            AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


                                                                            C 377 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Senators Nelson and Talmadge



Read first time 1/26/89 and referred to Committee on   Law & Justice.



AN ACT Relating to parenting; and adding a new section to chapter 26.09 RCW.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 26.09 RCW to read as follows:

          No health care provider or facility, or their agent, shall be liable for damages in any civil action brought by a parent or guardian based only on a lack of the parent or guardian's consent for medical care of a minor child, if consent to the care has been given by a parent or guardian of the minor.  The immunity provided by this section shall apply regardless of whether:

          (1) The parents are married, unmarried, or separated at the time of consent or treatment;

          (2) The consenting parent is, or is not, a custodial parent of the minor;

          (3) The giving of consent by a parent is, or is not, full performance of any agreement between the parents, or of any order or decree in any action entered pursuant to chapter 26.09 RCW;

          (4) The action or suit is brought by or on behalf of the nonconsenting parent, the minor child, or any other person.

                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate April 17, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                           Passed the House April 11, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.