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STATE POLITICS & POLICY | Wisconsin Assembly To Consider Bill That Would Require Hospitals To Dispense EC to Rape Survivors

STATE POLITICS & POLICY | Wisconsin Assembly To Consider Bill That Would Require Hospitals To Dispense EC to Rape Survivors
[Dec. 10, 2007]

The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on legislation that would require hospitals to provide rape survivors with emergency contraception upon request, the AP/La Crosse Tribune reports (AP/La Crosse Tribune, 12/6).

The state Senate in May voted 27-6 to pass a version of the measure (SB 129) that would require hospitals to inform rape survivors that EC is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Hospitals that refuse to dispense the drug if rape survivors request it would face sanctions from the state, according to the measure (Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 5/18).

An Assembly version of the bill (AB 377) would allow hospitals and individuals to opt out of providing EC because of religious beliefs or moral convictions. The Senate-passed version did not include the opt-out provision, the AP/Tribune reports. Supporters of the measure say it is necessary to provide a basic level of to rape survivors (AP/La Crosse Tribune, 12/6).