Friday, December 9, 2005
From today's Modern Healthcare (Daily Dose [requires subscription]):
Mass. contraception law to apply to hospitals
Catholic hospitals won't be exempt from Massachusetts law requiring access to emergency contraception for rape victims, although the church prohibits the use or prescription of such drugs once a woman becomes pregnant. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday withdrew support for a state Health Department proposal to let hospitals opt out of the soon-to-be-implemented law on religious or moral grounds, the Boston Globe reported. The Catholic Church's religious and ethical directives for hospitals allow for emergency contraception if "after appropriate testing, there is no evidence that conception has occurred already." The law, which survived Romney's veto earlier this year, also allows pharmacies to sell emergency contraception without a prescription. At least seven of Massachusetts' 78 hospitals are affiliated with the Catholic Church, according to the American Hospital Association.