Assembly Passes Emergency Contraception Bill
Lifton urges Governor’s support for revised measure
March 2, 2006
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-Tompkins/Cortland), Chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues, announced the Assembly passed legislation she sponsored to improve women’s health care by allowing pharmacists and registered nurses to dispense emergency contraception, or the morning-after pill, without a prescription (A.9906). “Last year, the Assembly and Senate worked together in a bi-partisan fashion to pass this vital legislation,” Lifton said. “Unfortunately, the governor vetoed it – leaving thousands without a timely and safe recourse to prevent an unintended pregnancy.” To address the governor’s concerns, the bill was revised to:
- provide EC for one course of treatment at a time;
- mandate that the patient know the risks of unprotected sex and resources for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence; and
- be dispensed to women only.