Some great news to end your week with:
Flanked by two survivors of sexual assault, one with tears welling in her eyes, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a long awaited bill Thursday that requires hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
“This is one bill I’ve been working to get on my desk for a long, long time,” Doyle said.
He credited rape survivors like Linda Gage and Amanda Harrington, who provided testimony before the state Legislature and appeared next to him at the bill signing, with being instrumental to the bill’s passage.
“I would like to recognize all of the survivors who have been willing to come forward with their stories … and to tell what they went through,” Doyle said. “The survivors really made this happen.”
It’s kind of unbelievable that anyone would want to fight against a law that would ensure rape survivors are treated with respect and given all the necessary medical options they need. But in any case, I’m glad to see Wisconsin took this important step in fighting for women’s health.
Gage said the new law “tells me, my daughter and the women of Wisconsin that our health and well-being does matter to our state government.”
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