OLR Bill Analysis

SB 1343

AN ACT CONCERNING COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires each licensed health care facility that provides emergency treatment to female victims of sexual assault (including those facilities that participate in any of the state's medical assistance programs) to:

1. provide each such victim with medically necessary and factually accurate and objective information about emergency contraception;

2. inform her of emergency contraception's availability, its use and efficacy; and

3. dispense emergency contraception to her at her request.

The bill also requires the public health commissioner to implementing regulations.

Under the bill, “emergency contraception” means one or more prescription drugs used separately or in combination and administered to or self-administered by a patient to prevent pregnancy, within a medically recommended time frame after intercourse, and dispensed for that purpose, consistent with professional standards of practice and determined safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The bill defines “medically and factually accurate and objective” as verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals where applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Emergency Contraception

Plan B (levonorgestrel) tablets, approved by the FDA for emergency contraception after intercourse, are now an over-the-counter drug for women age 18 and over, but remain prescription-only for those under age 18. Another similar drug called Preven remains a prescription drug.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

5

(03/15/2007)