Emergency Contraception Bill

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Governor Bill Owens could face a tough choice when he decides whether to sign a bill that would force hospitals to tell rape victims about emergency contraception.

Owens is a Roman Catholic and has campaigned on conservative values. The bill won final legislative approval today.

His fellow Republicans say the bill violates Catholic hospitals' freedom of religion by forcing them to offer information about abortion. Democrats say the bill is not about abortion but offers help to women whose bodies have been violated.

In the middle is Owens. He refused to take a position on the bill today, but his spokesman says the governor will carefully consider the proposal.

Republicans blocked similar versions of the bill over the past two years, when they were in charge. Democrats captured both the House and Senate last November and pushed the measure (House Bill 1042) through.