Monday, June 27, 2005

Put that in your toaster, Bill Owens!

From Planned Parenthood:
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 EC, 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 Longmont. 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 only be effective if women are informed about 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.

2 comments:

  1. Most excellent[and stealth]blogwhore! Glad your state has a wise Gov.

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  2. B'lowens is a tool. He'll veto anything. He tried to pass off the veto as a defense of the freedom of religion (in that, as a Catholic, he thinks EC is an abortion and thinks that Catholic hospitals should be able to refuse to tell someone about it). But I tend to think it has more to do with the fact that his Focus on the Family donors would have freaked out if he'd let it pass.

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