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Emergency Contraception after Sexual Assault

As of January 1, 2008, Oregon law requires hospitals to:

  • Inform sexual assault victims about emergency contraception (EC) and treatment options, and
  • Provide EC pills upon request to sexual assault victims before they leave the hospital.

On this page:

Emergency Contraception (EC) Materials for Hospitals and Survivors

The law requires OHA to produce informational materials relating to emergency contraception for the prevention of pregnancy in victims of sexual assault, to be distributed and used in all hospital emergency departments in Oregon.
These files are in portable document format (pdf) and require Adobe Reader software to be read and printed.

Patient Handout

Pregnancy Protection After Sexual Assault: Emergency Contraception
(Two 8.5 x 11 pages designed to print double-sided as a folded pamphlet)

Available in: EnglishChineseRussianSpanish,Vietnamese

This handout must be provided to every female victim of sexual assault of childbearing age who presents at a hospital after a rape.

Patient Notification Poster

Pregnancy Protection After Sexual Assault: Your Right to Emergency Contraception
(One 8.5 x 11 page)

Available in: EnglishChineseRussianSpanishVietnamese 

This notice must be posted in exam areas or other appropriate locations where patients can see it 

Provider Fact Sheet

Emergency Contraception: A Safe and Effective Treatment Option for Sexual Assault Victims
(Two 8.5 x 11 pages)

Available in: English 

This fact sheet may be distributed to appropriate facility staff.

Links to Legislation and Administrative Rules

Emergency Contraception :Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-505-0120 

Sexual Assault Victims' Emergency Medical Response Fund: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 137-084

How To Report Hospital Noncompliance

If you or someone you know is a sexual assault victim who was not offered EC information or was refused EC in the hospital:

Oregon Health Authority
Attention: Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement
P.O. Box 14450
Portland, OR  97293-0540

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