Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Reproductive Health Legislation

According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, when it comes to bills related to reproductive health issues introduced in state legislatures in 2003:

-- a total of over 700 bills were introduced

-- more than 40 of those bills would ban some type of abortion procedure

-- more than 60 bills were fetal "homicide" bills (compared to about 40 in 2002)

-- about 10 bills addressed education on Emergency Contraception (EC)

-- about 20 bills attempted to increase access to EC

-- about 25 bills mandated that EC be provided to rape victims in the ER

Meanwhile a pharmacists at an Eckerd in Texas refused to fill a prescription for emergency contraception (EC) for a rape victim. According to Eckerd, the employees involved have been disciplined.

I, for one, look forward to the day when our sage legislators will turn their regulatory attention towards the many other bodily functions--30 bills about erection and sperm rights, 19 bills about UTIs (urinary tract infections) drugs...oh, the possibilities are unlimited.

(via Ob.Gyn. News)

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