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More on birth control in WI
A good link:
Keep an eye in Wisconsin contraception legislation.
There are bills up for vote next month that would allow doctors to deny treatment to expectant mothers is said treatment could harm the baby and legislation that would allow pharmacists to deny filling birth control if they believe said birth control causes abortions regardless of scientific fact.

From the first bill:
Under the Patient Abandonment Bill, health
care workers, hospitals and health care providers can refuse to provide
services, information or referrals on a variety of issues including prescribing
birth control, infertility treatments, stem cell therapies and end-of-life
care,even if the refusal harms or kills a patient.

From the second:
...a pharmacist would be allowed to refuse to fill birth control
prescriptions, if he or she believes the medication would cause
an abortion.

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justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: August 4th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I would think EMTALA would overrule such a law, at least for ER staff.

abmann From: abmann Date: August 4th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: August 4th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986. If a hopsital is receiving Medicare/Medicaid payments (which they all are), they cannot turn away someone in an emergent condition. At the very least, the provider has to perform a screening exam and determine how urgent their condition is. The ER does have the option of referring you to another faciliity if it's non-emergent.
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