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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 1343

January Session, 2007

 

LCO No. 4646

 

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Referred to Committee on Human Services

 

Introduced by:

 

(HS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

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 or self-administered by a patient to prevent pregnancy, within a medically recommended amount of time after sexual intercourse and dispensed 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 victims 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:

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

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

(3) Dispense emergency contraception to such victim of sexual assault upon the request of such victim.

(c) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2007

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require licensed health care facilities to provide emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault upon the request of such victims.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]