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Governor Vetoes Emergency Contraception Bill

By: AP
By: AP

Governor Owens has vetoed a bill today that would've forced hospitals to tell rape victims about emergency contraception.

The Republican is a Roman Catholic who has campaigned on conservative values. He says the bill forced institutions -- including religious hospitals -- to compromise their moral and religious beliefs.

Owens says the bill would violate fundamental constitutional principles by forcing an institution to say things to patients that it explicitly doesn't believe to be morally or ethically valid.

Democratic Representative Fran Coleman says she's disappointed Owens vetoed the bill. During the House debate on the bill, she likened emergency contraception for rape victims to having a bullet removed.


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