§16-4A-2. Attending physician to obtain blood specimen.
Every physician engaging in attendance upon a pregnant woman
in West Virginia shall, as soon as he or she is engaged to attend
a woman and has reasonable grounds for suspecting that pregnancy
exists, acquaint such woman with the provisions of this article
and take or cause to be taken a specimen of blood from such
woman. This specimen shall be submitted to the state hygienic
laboratory or other laboratory approved by the state department
of health as required by the preceding section. If the woman is
in a stage of gestation or labor at the time that the diagnosis
of pregnancy is made, which may make it inadvisable to obtain the
specimen, the specimen of blood shall be obtained within ten days
The state hygienic laboratory of the state health department
shall perform the serological tests required by law on all blood
specimens taken from pregnant women by physicians for
examination. These tests shall be performed without charge.
Upon request it shall be the duty of county and district
health officers to draw blood specimens from pregnant women for
performing thereon a serologic test for syphilis. This service
shall be performed without charge.
In those areas where the services of a district or county
health officer are not available, the state health department
shall assume the responsibility of obtaining the required blood
specimens without any charge to the pregnant women.