Compassion for Rape Victims

A new law would guarantee rape victims access to emergency contraceptives in all emergency rooms. It's called the Compassionate Care for Rape Victim's Act.

Currently, only 43–percent of hospitals offer emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault.

Supporters say the bill is necessary because almost half of all Wisconsinites go to emergency rooms run by Catholics. But only nine of those Catholic ER's offer counseling on emergency contraception.

Democratic Representative Mark Pocan says they rewrote the bill according to the Catholic Code of Ethics to ensure that catholic ER's like Saint Mary's in Madison would comply with dispensing the contraceptive. “We're following the guidelines that the bishops have written. I don't know what more you can do beyond following the bishop's guidelines and addressing the pregnancy test. I feel there should be no further concerns that should stop this bill.”

Supporters of the bill want to stress that emergency contraceptives are not a form of abortion. It won't end a pregnancy, only prevent one.

That's why they say all hospitals should be required to provide this counseling.

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