Hawaii Bill Would Improve Emergency Contraception Access for Sexual Assault Survivors

January 27, 2012 — The Hawaii House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 127) that would require hospitals treating sexual assault survivors to provide information about emergency contraception and dispense the drugs upon request, the AP/Columbus Republic reports. Washington, D.C., and 16 states have approved similar legislation.

Supporters of the bill said access to EC is especially important on certain islands with few pharmacies and emergency care options.

In testimony opposing the bill, the Hawaii Department of Health argued that implementing the measure statewide would be too costly (AP/Columbus Republic, 1/25).