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Senate committee approves morning after pill requirement for hospitals

A state Senate committee has voted to make hospital staff tell rape victims about emergency contraception and provide the morning after pill to those who want it.

The health panel voted 6-1 Tuesday to send the measure to the full Senate.

Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin cast the only no vote. Two other Republicans joined four Democrats in voting yes.

Panel chairman Jon Erpenbach says it's only right that sexual assault victims have full access to all safe health care options.

Republicans fought the bill in the last session. And party members in the Assembly refused to co-sponsor the new bill until Terry Musser of Black River Falls recently signed on.

Musser said he was moved by the recent testimony of rape victims who feared their attackers would make them pregnant.

The morning after pill is known to prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after sex.