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Connecticut

Emergency Contraception

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (EC) FOR SEXUAL-ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Connecticut law ensures that sexual-assault survivors receive access to emergency contraception (EC) in hospital emergency rooms.  As part of the minimum standards for the examination and treatment of a sexual-assault survivor, a physician or other health-care provider must provide a sexual-assault survivor with medically and factually accurate information about EC, offer her EC, and provide EC to her upon request.  Hospitals are allowed to administer pregnancy tests and if the test is positive, the hospital does not have to provide the woman with EC.  

Hospitals are also allowed to contract with an "independent provider" defined as a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse or registered nurse, or a nurse-midwife to ensure compliance with the law.  Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann § 19a-112e (Enacted 2007).




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