Governor Owens To Make Decision On Emergency Contraception Bill

The Colorado House and Senate have passed a bill that would require hospitals to inform rape victims about emergency contraception. Under House Bill 1042, the hospital is not required to provide the emergency contraception, but it must refer sexual assault victims to a pharmacy that can dispense it.

There is an exemption in the bill for individual health care professionals who object on religious or moral grounds, but the hospital as an organization must have someone on staff available with information about emergency contraception.

The bill is expected to make it to Governor Bill Owens' desk soon. He'll then have ten days to decide whether to allow it to become law.

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