Thursday, March 06, 2008

New Oregon Law Requires Hospitals to offer Sexual Assault Victims "Emergency Contraceptives"
Law forces Catholic hospitals to offer possible abortifacients

By Michael Baggot

SALEM, OR, March 6, 2008 ( - A new Oregon law requires all state hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to tell sexual assault victims about "emergency contraceptives," their option to receive them, and to provide the drugs when requested.

The new law, HB 2700, was supported by state public health officials and went into effect the first day of this year. This past Monday the Oregon Department of Human Services filed the rules to enforce the new law, reports The Oregonian. The state has also produced a series of fliers and posters to inform patients about their "right" to be informed about and to receive "emergency contraception." Any institution that fails to follow the law could receive a fine of up to $1,000.
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