Daniel Kessler: Emergency pill
June 25, 2005
Last April, Governor Owens vetoed House Bill 1042, which required all hospitals to inform rape victims about emergency contraception. As it stands now, hospitals are not required to educate rape victims about this option to prevent unintended pregnancy.
On behalf of rape victims denied access to emergency contraception, Planned Parenthood is offering women one free pack of EC-to-go to keep at home — just in case. The offer is for Friday, July 1 and is available at all of our Colorado health centers, including Steamboat’s. Emergency contraception is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy in cases of rape, incest or contraceptive failure. Planned Parenthood believes all women should have access to it.
Emergency contraception can be effective only if women are informed about it and have prompt access to it. If legislators want to reduce the number of abortions, they should support access to emergency contraception. Experts estimate that wider access to EC could prevent 1.7 million unintended pregnancies and 800,000 abortions every year.