The state Senate has given final approval to compassionate care legislation.
The bill requires hospitals to provide rape victims with information about emergency contraceptives, and to make the drugs available if requested. State Senator Judy Robson (D-Beloit), a sponsor of the measure, says it's needed because one-third of Wisconsin hospital emergency rooms are not currently making the option available to women.
State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) compared the drugs to a chemical abortion, and criticized the bill for not allowing doctors to object for moral reasons. But Robson says the legislation is about making sure rape victims have access to the care they need.
The bill passed on a 25-6 vote. The Governor is expected to sign the measure.