Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a bill ensuring what’s called emergency compassionate care for female victims of rape.
The legislation ensures that victims are provided accurate, unbiased, information about and access to emergency contraception when receiving emergency medical care at Hawaii’s hospitals.
“It is our duty as a society to ensure that any individual who has been traumatized by a sexual assault receives compassionate care, and this legislation underscores a woman’s right to choose contraception when faced with the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy resulting from a sexual assault,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Due to the commitment and persistence of many local advocates and legislators – some whose efforts extend back more than a decade – this legislation will protect the health and safety of Hawaii’s sexual assault victims and guarantee that they receive the medically accepted standard of care.”
The state Attorney General’s office reported that there were 350 reported cases of forcible rape in Hawaii in 2011.