"Today's decision is welcome news, but it does not improve emergency contraception access at Connecticut hospitals," said Laura Cordes, director of policy and advocacy at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services Inc., a coalition of nine rape counseling programs.
Rape counselors also said that without a law requiring hospitals to give a full dose of Plan B in the emergency room, little will change for rape victims. Although Connecticut's four Catholic hospitals have come under fire, Cordes said non-Catholic hospitals have also been reluctant about providing the drug.
Preliminary figures gathered by Sexual Assault Crisis Services show that in the first six months of 2006, four in 10 victims accompanied to Connecticut hospitals by rape crisis counselors were not given a complete dose of Plan B. Some were given prescriptions, while others were given one dose and a prescription for the second pill, which must be swallowed 12 hours later.
Victims who did not get complete access to the pills were treated at both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals, Cordes said.
It's great to see the drug become more widely available, but I worry that Connecticut hospitals will use this as another excuse not to make emergency contraception available in the ER for patients who request it.
Waldman, Hillary. "Plan B: Easier Access Allowed". Hartford Courant. 8/25/06