August 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment
All this “legitimate rape” conversation has me thinking about access to emergency contraception. I try to make sure we have pretty healthy coverage of the topic here at FHO, since so many of our patients choose to use it post-sexual assault. But in case you’re looking for a national overview on availability, please see the Guttmacher Institute’s State Policies in Brief: Emergency Contraception (PDF). It’s current as of the beginning of this month. And for those of you who’ve never read your own professional organization’s position on access to EC for sexual assault patients, I encourage you to seek it out and review it. You should know what it says (and if your organization doesn’t have one, maybe it’s time to get one written). You can find IAFN’s here (PDF); ACOG’s here; ACEP’s here; and AMA’s here (PDF). If I have left some out, please add them in the Comments.
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