Help Rape Survivors Get the Health Care They Need

Did you know that many emergency rooms fail to offer important medication to sexual-assault survivors that would prevent pregnancy?

This medication called emergency contraception (EC) or Plan B, is a concentrated dose of ordinary birth-control pills. These simple pills could spare assault victims from additional trauma and health complications, beginning at their hospital visit.

New legislation called Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act ("CARE": H.R.464) would ensure that access to EC is included as standard care for rape survivors.

Help ensure that these women have a chance to be safe and healthy again. Ask your members of Congress today to pass the CARE Act today!
Dear Representative [Last name],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act ("CARE": H.R.464).

This bipartisan legislation would ensure that hospital emergency rooms provide sexual-assault survivors with emergency contraception upon request. Emergency contraception (EC, often called the "morning-after" pill or Plan B) is a concentrated dose of ordinary birth-control pills that can dramatically reduce a woman's chance of becoming pregnant if taken soon after sex. It is NOT the same thing as mifepristone, or RU 486, which terminates an already-established pregnancy.

EC holds tremendous potential to help women who have suffered a sexual assault avoid the additional trauma of an unintended pregnancy. Unfortunately, many hospitals still do not offer sexual-assault survivors this effective means of pregnancy prevention. The CARE Act would ensure that access to EC is included in the standard of care rape survivors receive.

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Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your response.

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