Hawaii Senate Passes Bill Requiring Hospitals To Offer Emergency Contraception To Rape Victims

Author: March 10, 2013 7:01 am

Supreme Court rules on morning after pill

Democrats in the Hawaii Senate stood up for women on Tuesday when they passed a bill mandating hospital emergency rooms to offer emergency contraception to victims of rape. The bill passed easily in the Democratic dominated upper chamber. A Republican lawmaker tried to amend the bill to allow hospitals to deny rape victims contraception for religious reasons, but Democrats were quick to reject it in favor of actually helping victims.

SB 526:

“Ensures that victims of sexual assault are provided with medically and factually unbiased information about and access to emergency contraception when receiving emergency medical care at Hawaii’s hospitals for sexual assaults.”

According to Hawaii Now News:

Republican Sen. Sam Slom tried and failed to amend the bill to allow hospitals to claim a religious exemption instead of distributing the morning-after pill. Slom told lawmakers the bill is an example of the state trampling on religious rights. Sen. Josh Green urged lawmakers to reject Slom’s amendment. The Democrat says the issue isn’t about religious freedom but rather about providing quality care. The state attorney general says there were 353 reported rapes in Hawaii in 2011. Slom’s amendment was easily defeated by the overwhelmingly Democratic state Senate.

Many states are doing the opposite of Hawaii. Conservatives in red states are waging a war on contraception, even emergency contraception that would prevent rape victims from getting pregnant. It’s almost as if conservatives want rapists to have the right to impregnate their victims. Forcing rape victims to be pregnant with their rapist’s child is cruel and rewards rapists with progeny, not to mention the nine months of emotional and physical agony inflicted upon a a rape victim simply because a Christian Righty denied that victim the right to prevent pregnancy. But Hawaii is clearly taking a stand for rape victims.

Passage of the bill marks the first step towards making sure women who are the victims of rape get the care they deserve, instead of being treated like they’re the ones who did something wrong. Being a medical professional means checking your religion at the door the second you step foot in the hospital. It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are. The only thing that matters is the patient and what they need and want. It’s either that or you might as well throw away your Hippocratic Oath and go find another profession where religious bigotry and ignorance are welcome. I suggest a position in a fundamentalist evangelical church.


facebook comments:


  • Slom is a pandering idiot. Always has been.

  • Hippocratic oath (first line)- First do no harm.

    I forgot, the Republican Hypocritical Oath- Removes the ‘no’.

    So apparently Religions DEMAND the right to victimise someone who is already a victim? Even the Bible itself has a recipe to induce an abortion?

    Leave it to the fanatical hypocrites…

  • Lawmakers doing the right thing – almost unheard of at the state level anymore.

  • The reference to the Hippocratic Oath is wrong.

    The Hippocratic Oath forbids abortion by chemical means. It also forbids surgery and demands that a doctor disrespect surgeons and not consider them colleagues.


    • Sorry sport but, a anti-women nitwit must have plugged that ignorance in. Further, I wouldn’t trust wikipedia for such information. I’ll go directly to the AMA’s site:

      Principles of Medical Ethics
      The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.

      Principles of medical ethics
      I. A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.

      II. A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.

      III. A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.

      IV. A physician shall respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.

      V. A physician shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.

      VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical care.

      VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.

      VIII. A physician shall, while caring for a patient, regard responsibility to the patient as paramount.

      IX. A physician shall support access to medical care for all people.

      Further, the modern version of the Hippocratic oath, courtesy of NOVA (pbs.org):

      Hippocratic Oath: Modern Version
      I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

      I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

      I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

      I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

      I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

      I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

      I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

      I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

      I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

      If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

      —Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today

      For shits & giggles, here’s the classic:

      Hippocratic Oath: Classical Version
      I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

      To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art—if they desire to learn it—without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.

      I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

      I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

      I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

      Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

      What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

      If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

      —Translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.

      If you will notice, NONE say a damned thing about abortion.

      • **Last sentence should read: If you will notice, ONE says a damned thing about abortion.” Do note that the Oath has changed with the times …

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