Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rights for Rape Victims (Petition link fixed!!)

Don't give survivors of rape a lifetime sentence.
When a rape survivor enters the emergency room, she is not always given a chance to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Support legislation that guarantees all rape survivors have access to emergency contraception following assault. Rape: it's a horrible thing that no woman chooses. Yet as it stands now, when a survivor of rape enters the emergency room she is not always given the chance to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Take action to give all rape survivors a choice in the aftermath of their assault! Click Here: Petition

Groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America have been advocating that the Emergency Contraception pill (EC) be an option for all rape survivors. What is EC? It is NOT the same as mifepristone, or RU 486, which terminates an already-established pregnancy. EC is a concentrated dose of ordinary birth-control pill that can dramatically reduce a woman's chance of becoming pregnant if taken soon after sex or sexual assault. To ensure emergency contraception is an option for all rape survivors, Congress has proposed the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act (“CARE”: S.1264/H.R.2928), which would guarantee that emergency rooms provide every woman with emergency contraception as an option following her assault. Sign the petition to support this legislation now! Petition

Every rape survivor deserves the proper health-care services to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

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