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Emergency contraception omitted.

A coalition of abortion rights advocates and health care professionals is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to add information about emergency contraception to its "National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination." The group is asking the Justice Department to revise its protocol to include the routine offering of emergency contraception to rape victims at risk of pregnancy. "The failure to include a specific discussion of emergency contraception in the first national protocol for sexual assault treatment is a glaring omission in an otherwise thorough document," the coalition said in a letter to the Justice Department. The protocol, which provides medical treatment guidelines for sexual assault patients, was released late last year. The coalition includes the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Schneider, Mary Ellen
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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