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District of Columbia

Emergency Contraception

District of Columbia law ensures that sexual-assault survivors receive access to emergency contraception (EC) in hospital emergency rooms.  As part of the minimum standard for the examination and treatment of sexual-assault survivors, hospitals must provide the woman with medically and factually accurate written and oral information about EC, offer her EC, and provide EC to her upon request.  It also requires hospitals to train personnel to ensure that survivors of sexual assault are given the necessary information and access to EC.  D.C. ST §§ 7-2121-2125 (Enacted 2009) (effective March 25, 2009).

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