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Amendment

 

January Session, 2007

LCO No. 6787

   
 

*SB0134306787SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. DELUCA, 32nd Dist.

SEN. DEBICELLA, 21st Dist.

 

To: Senate Bill No. 1343

File No. 231

Cal. No. 242

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A")

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2007) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Emergency contraception" means one or more prescription drugs used separately or in combination administered to or self-administered by a patient to prevent pregnancy, within a medically recommended amount of time after sexual intercourse and provided for that purpose, in accordance with professional standards of practice, and determined to be safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

(2) "Emergency treatment" means any medical examination or treatment provided in a licensed health care facility to a victim of sexual assault following an alleged sexual assault.

(3) "Medically and factually accurate and objective" means verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals, where applicable.

(4) "Victim of sexual assault" means any female person who alleges or is alleged to have suffered an injury as a result of a sexual offense.

(5) "Sexual offense" means a violation of subsection (a) of section 53a-70 of the general statutes, section 53a-70a or 53a-70b of the general statutes, subsection (a) of section 53a-71 of the general statutes, section 53a-72a or 53a-72b of the general statutes, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-86 of the general statutes, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-87 of the general statutes or section 53a-90a, 53a-196a or 53a-196b of the general statutes.

(b) Each licensed health care facility that provides emergency treatment to a victim of sexual assault, including any health care facility that is a participating provider of services under any of the state's medical assistance programs, shall establish a protocol for the treatment of a victim of sexual assault that shall include the following:

(1) Providing each victim of sexual assault with medically and factually accurate and objective information relating to emergency contraception;

(2) Informing such victim of sexual assault of the availability of emergency contraception, its use and efficacy;

(3) Immediately offering the services of a rape crisis counselor to the victim of sexual assault;

(4) Ensuring the availability of emergency contraception within the health care facility for a victim of sexual assault; and

(5) Dispensing emergency contraception to such victim of sexual assault upon the request of such victim in accordance with the established protocol of the health care facility. The dispensing of emergency contraception shall include any additional doses required by the manufacturer. Any health care facility that denies a victim of sexual assault emergency contraception, based on medically or ethically defined reasons within the established protocol of such facility, shall immediately inform the victim of: (A) The reason for such denial; (B) locations within the immediate area of the health care facility where emergency contraception can be obtained; (C) the right to seek the assistance of a rape crisis counselor, if the victim has not already done so; and (D) the right to be immediately transferred to another health care facility of the victim's choice, with all costs for such victim's initial treatment and transportation to be covered by the sending facility.

(c) Any health care facility that denies a victim of sexual assault emergency contraception, based on medically or ethically defined reasons within the established protocol of such facility, shall report such denial to the Commissioner of Public Health, setting forth the reasons for such denial and the outcome of such denial.

(d) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section and report annually on the delivery of emergency contraception in state health care facilities. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2007

New section