Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Governor Faces Tricky Decision On Emergency Contraception Bill

DENVER -- Gov. Bill Owens, a Roman Catholic who has campaigned on conservative values, could face a tough choice when he decides whether to sign a bill that would force hospitals to tell rape victims about emergency contraception.

Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput has objected to the bill because it doesn't require health-care workers to tell rape victims that some medications stop a fertilized egg from being implanted, which he says amounts to abortion.

Chaput said the church does allow rape victims to takes steps to prevent ovulation when there is no risk that a fertilized egg would be affected.

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