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Should Health Care Workers Be Required to Offer Emergency Contraceptives (aka Plan B or the "Morning After Pill") to Victims of Sexual Assault?

Should Health Care Workers Be Required to Offer Emergency Contraceptives (aka Plan B or the "Morning After Pill") to Victims of Sexual Assault?
  • Yes, health care workers should be required to offer emergency contaceptives to victims

    Yes, health care workers should be required to offer emergency contraceptives to victims of sexual assault. Many times, sexual assault victims do not know if they are pregnant or not and would not like to have the baby if they are pregnant. It would be very traumatizing for a woman to be raped and become pregnant because of that rape. There is nothing inherently wrong with emergency contraceptives; they just prevent fertilization of an egg. They are not an abortion. Women should be made aware of all of their health care options.

  • No, it is a religious issue.

    No, health care workers should not be required to offer emergency contraceptives to victims of sexual assault, because to some providers, doing so would be a violation of their religion. No health care provider should be obligated to violate their religious beliefs in order to provide care. But they should tell the victim who will provide it.


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