Bill could deter rape pregnanciesBy ALISA ULFERTS, Times Staff Writer
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published January 25, 2002
A Democratic legislator wants to require hospitals and other health care facilities to inform rape victims of the so-called "morning after pill" that can prevent pregnancy.
Under a bill (HB 125) unveiled Thursday by Rep. Anne Gannon, D-Delray Beach, such treatment facilities would have to tell victims about the pill and either provide it to them if they request it or refer the victims to a facility that can prescribe it.
To prevent pregnancy, the two-pill combination must be taken within 72 hours of the assault.
Gannon said the only opposition to the bill she knows of is from some Catholic medical facilities that consider the medication a form of abortion.
Members of the House Health Regulation Committee unanimously approved the bill.
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