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.