Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Hawaii Legislators to OPPOSE HB 127 on emergency contraception!

Urgent action is needed to OPPOSE Hawaii House Bill 127, which would require that emergency room personnel provide emergency contraception (aka the "morning after pill") to all sexual assault victims.

Victims of rape and intimate partner violence need compassionate care, however, emergency contraception could actually harm the very women it is intended to help by causing nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tenderness, dizziness, fluid retention, abdominal pain and irregular bleeding. Depending on when it is taken, emergency contraception also results in early abortion. The bill does not require that patients be informed of these risks. We believe that women deserve better.

This bill has already been passed by the House Health Committee (only Reps. Kymberly Pine and Corinne Ching dissenting). It will next be taken up by the House Finance Committee, and we urge you to contact the committee members to voice your opposition to the bill, which would receive taxpayer funding.

In addition, the Hawaii State Senate has introduced two similar bills, SB 218 and SB 611. The Senate Health Committee has already passed these bills, however, you may contact the members of the ways and means committee to voice your opposition to these bills, which would receive taxpayer funding.

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