Governor Owens Vetoes Emergency Contraception Bill

This week Governor Bill Owens vetoed a bill that would have forced hospitals across the state to inform rape victims about emergency contraception that would prevent a pregnancy. State Representative Betty Boyd, the sponsor of the bill, said this battle is not over and she plans to fight the governor on this decision.

The bill will not directly effect Mesa County because there are a number of facilities rape victims can go to. Joanne O'Fallen with a group called, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners said this issue boils down to a difference in opinions between providers. While she, nor the people she works with, are advocates for abortions, they say they're advocates for knowledge.

Tish Wells from Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction said while they don't provide emergency contraception to rape victims, they do tell victims where they can go to learn about other options.

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