The purpose of this section is to ensure that all hospitals with emergency rooms provide emergency contraception as a treatment option to any woman who seeks treatment as a result of a sexual assault.
Every hospital that provides emergency care must:
(1) Develop and implement policies and procedures regarding the provision of twenty-four-hour/seven-days per week emergency care to victims of sexual assault;
(2) Provide the victim of sexual assault with medically and factually accurate and unbiased written and oral information about emergency contraception;
(3) Orally inform each victim in a language she understands of her option to be provided emergency contraception at the hospital; and
(4) Immediately provide emergency contraception, as defined in WAC 246-320-010
, to each victim of sexual assault if the victim requests it, and if the emergency contraception is not medically contraindicated.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.41
RCW and RCW 43.70.040
. WSR 09-07-050, § 246-320-286, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09.]