It’s been forty years since
the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United
But a woman's right to
choose is still up for debate.
A bill is being brought
before Hawaii’s legislature today that could determine hospital protocol when
it comes to sexual assault victims.
The Compassionate Care Bill
would stop hospitals in Hawaii from denying sexual assault survivors
information about what is called Emergency Contraception. And it would insure
access to that care if it is needed and wanted.
Katie Polidoro of Plannned
Parenthood of Hawaii is doing everything she can to make sure it passes this
Polidoro says a 2010 survey
of local hospitals found that most did not have a clear policy about Emergency
contraception in cases of sexual assault.
Currently, the decision is
often left to the physician...and not to the individual.
A public hearing on the
Compassionate Care Bill will take place today at 1:15 in Conference Room 229 at
the State Capitol building.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)