HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)_ Legislation to require all hospitals, including Catholic facilities, to prescribe rape victims the so-called morning after pill, is back before lawmakers.
Last week, a bill requiring all hospitals to provide Plan B emergency contraception died in committee. Now, a similar proposal is included as a few words in the massive spending package approved Thursday by the Appropriations Committee.
The one-sentence section allocates $5 million to help hospitals pay for increased energy costs, but the additional aid would only be given to hospitals that provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
Senate Minority Leader Louis C. DeLuca, R-Woodbury, criticized the provision.
"That is an underhanded, midnight assault on the Catholic religion and it is insulting that they would even do this," DeLuca said. "This bill had a full hearing and it was not voted on by the committee of cognizance … and now these people sneak into a budget bill where it has no place being."
Catholics believe life begins at conception, and the Catholic Church in Connecticut is opposed to any law that requires hospitals provide emergency contraception in cases where an egg has been fertilized or a woman is ovulating.
Not aimed at Catholic hospitals? I guess you are allowed to be a Catholic hospital just as long as you don’t follow the faith.