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Women's Health and Safety Committee

We wrote testimony for SB1110 Relating to Emergency Contraceptives (EC) for Sex Assault Survivors in the Emergency Room. In our testimony we referred to a June 2001 Planned Parenthood Action Fund report. Its findings showed that three out of four voters favored requiring all hospitals to make EC available to women who had been raped. Further, 53 percent of voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports mandatory EC availability in hospitals for sexual assault survivors.

We also quoted current statistics. More than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S. Of these an estimated 25,000 will become pregnant as a result. About 22,000 of these pregnancies could be prevented if all women who were raped used EC.

Unfortunately, at the time we were writing the testimony, the bill was being heard. Today we learned how to access the status of bills on a daily basis, through the state legislative website. We will be ready for the next hearing!

Suzanne Meisenzahl

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