Does Your Local Hospital Refuse to Provide Emergency Contraception to Rape Victims?

In Pennsylvania, hospitals that refuse to provide sexual-assault patients with emergency contraception due to stated moral or religious belief must submit that decision to the state department of health, so that Pennsylvanians have the information necessary to seek standard medical care in the wake of surviving sexual violence.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association recommend that emergency contraception be offered to all rape patients at risk of pregnancy. Some states have laws requiring hospitals to provide it. Pennsylvania is not one of those states.

According to the Pennsylvania Bulletin, fourteen Pennsylvania-based hospitals refuse to provide emergency contraception to rape victims:

Spirit Hospital – Camp Hill, 17011

Jersey Shore Hospital – Jersey Shore, 17740

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital – Darby, 19023

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital – Philadelphia, 19143

Suburban Community Hospital – Norristown, 19401

Millcreek Community Hospital – Erie, 16509

Muncy Valley Hospital – Muncy, 17756

Nazareth Hospital – Philadelphia, 19152

Physicians Care Surgical Hospital – Royersford, 19468

Regional Hospital of Scranton – Scranton, 18501

St. Joseph Medical Center – Reading, 19603

St. Mary Medical Center – Langhorne, 19047

UPMC Mercy Hospital – Pittsburgh, 15219

Williamsport Regional Medical Center – Williamsport, 17701

 

Hospitals that refer rape victims to other facilities after providing life-saving treatment must also report this status to the department of health. Please review this list of hospitals here.

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