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  191.320.  Genetic diagnostic and counseling services to be established — outreach centers, duties — referral for abortion, procedure, requirements. — The department may contract with tertiary genetic centers to provide genetic diagnostic and counseling services, to initiate and conduct investigations of the causes, mortality, methods of treatment, prevention and cure of genetic disorders and related birth defects, and to develop and administer programs and activities which aid in the prevention or treatment of a particular genetic disorder.  It may establish outreach clinics to be located throughout the state.  The department may divide the state into regions for this purpose.  The boundaries of such regions, to the extent practicable, shall be contiguous with relevant boundaries of political subdivisions and health service areas.  These centers and clinics may provide genetic diagnostic evaluations, treatment, counseling and follow-up for families with or at high risk for a genetic disease, such as sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, inherited cardiovascular disease, inherited forms of mental retardations, or hemophilia, provided that such evaluations, treatment, and counseling shall not include referral for abortions unless such abortions are certified in writing by a physician that, in his professional judgment, the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.

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(L. 1985 H.B. 612 § 191.320 subsec. 1)


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