Morning After Pill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hospitals would be required to provide the so-called morning after pill to rape victims under a measure scheduled to be debated today in the state Senate.

The measure has the support of Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.

However, the bill likely will not pass the Republican-controlled Assembly. Speaker Mike Huebsch (HIPSH) hasn't taken a stand on the proposal and has said he couldn't predict its chances. It has yet to be introduced in the Assembly.

Supporters argue having the pill on hand is necessary to help prevent pregnancies in women who have been attacked.

Opponents liken taking the pill to having an abortion.

Eight states have laws requiring hospitals to either dispense the drug or information about how to get it.


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