October 4, 2007 |
The House of Representatives yesterday postponed voting on a bill that would require hospitals to provide victims of sexual assault with access to emergency contraception. The decision to delay the vote for another two weeks came after more than an hour of emotional debate that was dominated by the bill's supporters, who urged swift approval of the legislation for Pennsylvania, where 25,000 women are raped every year. Still, the majority of representatives wanted to delay a vote on the issue because the state Department of Health is, in a separate effort, attempting to change its regulations on how hospitals distribute emergency contraception.
August 10, 2006
A GOOD DEAL of attention has been paid to the mid-state woman who faced problems as she tried to seek care to ensure that she would not become pregnant by her rapist. The coverage is helping to raise awareness to what women face after they are raped. Because not being informed about and given access to emergency contraception is not an uncommon occurrence, several of my colleagues and I have proposed legislation to protect women who are already victims. The CARE Act, or Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies, would empower rape victims to regain control of their lives and decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions in the state.
February 14, 2004 |
The government is postponing its decision on whether so-called morning-after pills should be sold without a doctor's prescription, the pill's maker said yesterday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel in December overwhelmingly recommended that emergency contraception be sold over the counter, and the FDA usually follows such guidance. But the agency has been under intense political pressure from conservative opponents of the rule change. The FDA had been scheduled to decide next week whether Barr Laboratories' version of emergency contraception, called Plan B, could be sold as easily as aspirin and cough medicine.
June 2, 2001 |
Accidents don't discriminate. They just happen to people, especially women - or so the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) believes. On April 30, new ACOG president Thomas F. Purdon recommended that the nation's 40,000 ob-gyns begin routinely to offer advance prescriptions for emergency contraception (EC) to women of childbearing age. EC is a combination of high-dose birth control pills that prevents pregnancy if taken within 72 hours. Settings include unprotected sexual intercourse or instances in which use of contraception failed.
November 3, 2005
ALISHA was raped in college - and she was terrified of becoming pregnant. As a "fairly devout Catholic," she couldn't imagine having to decide whether to get an abortion on top of dealing with a rape. Luckily, Alisha was told about "emergency contraception" in the student health center, and it was provided to her. Alisha's story appears on raisinghervoice.org, a Web site established recently by the Clara Bell Duvall Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
February 21, 2004
A rape victim walked into a pharmacy in Denton, Texas with a prescription for emergency contraception pills. The pharmacist, because of religious beliefs, refused to fill the prescription. Two other pharmacists also refused to fill it. The woman had to find another pharmacy. The three uncooperative pharmacists were fired. The recent incident, revealed in news accounts, will no doubt feed the country's heated abortion debate. Many will decry the firings of workers who, because of their beliefs, refused to dispense a product they regard as an abortion pill.
August 27, 2005 |
After two years of deliberation, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it needed 60 more days to consider whether to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter. In a late-afternoon conference, FDA officials said that they were considering allowing it only for those 17 and over and that the main concern was enforcing the age restriction. "The FDA cannot have an inspector in every pharmacy," said Lester Crawford, the FDA commissioner. He said he hoped state pharmacy boards would use the added comment period to suggest ways the agency could enforce an age restriction.
September 4, 2000 |
Although emergency contraception is standard treatment for rape victims, some Catholic hospitals do not tell victims about the method unless they ask, according to a survey by University of Pennsylvania researchers. The survey is not the first to look at the confusion and controversy surrounding emergency contraception at Catholic hospitals, but previous surveys were conducted by abortion-rights activists, including Catholics for a Free Choice. Catholic health-system officials said Friday that, while misunderstanding persists, official church policy allows hospitals to discuss emergency contraception with rape victims and, under certain circumstances, provide it. The Penn survey, conducted two years ago and published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health, questioned 27 urban Catholic hospitals nationwide and found that 12 of them had rules against informing rape victims about emergency contraception.
December 31, 2004 |
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued its first-ever medical guidelines for treating sexual-assault victims - without any mention of emergency contraception, the standard precaution against pregnancy after rape. The omission of the so-called morning-after pill has frustrated and angered victims' advocates and medical professionals who have long worked to improve victims' care. Gail Burns-Smith, one of several dozen experts who vetted the protocol during its three-year development by Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, said emergency contraception was included in an early draft, and she does not know of anyone who opposed it. "But in the climate in which we are currently operating, politically it's a hot potato," said Burns-Smith, retired director of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.
October 3, 2007 |
Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives are bracing for a fight over a bill that would require hospitals to provide victims of sexual assault with access to emergency contraception. The purpose is simple, said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery): to allow women who have been traumatized by rape to decide whether they want to protect themselves from an unwanted pregnancy. The measure, House Bill 288, would mandate that all hospitals, regardless of religious affiliation, provide victims with information about emergency contraception, alert them that the hospital can give it to them, and do so if requested.