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Emergency Contraception (EC) 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.

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 Fact Sheet

Emergency Contraception (EC) After Sexual Assault: Key Facts for Survivors
(One 8.5 x 11 page designed to print double-sided)

Available in: EnglishChineseRussianSpanish, Korean, Vietnamese

This fact sheet must be provided to every female victim of sexual assault of reproductive capacity who presents at a hospital after a rape.

Patient Notification Poster

Prevent Pregnancy After Sexual Assault: Your Right to Emergency Contraception(One 11 x 17 page)

Available in: EnglishChineseRussianSpanishKorean, Vietnamese

This poster must be placed in exam areas and other appropriate locations within the hospital Emergency Department where patients can see it.

Provider Fact Sheet

Emergency Contraception (EC) after Sexual Assault: Fact Sheet for Emergency Department Staff
(Two 8.5 x 11 pages designed to print double-sided for 4 pages total)

Available in: English

This fact sheet may be distributed to appropriate facility hospital, pharmacy and Emergency Department staff members.

Legislation and Administrative Rules

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:

  • Contact the Oregon Reproductive Health Program for help at 971-673-0355; or
  • Complete an Initial Complaint Intake Form and mail to the address below in an envelope clearly marked "Confidential."
    Oregon Health Authority
    Attention: Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement
    P.O. Box 14450
    Portland, OR 97293-0540

Additional Resources

Survey Report: Emergency Contraception for Sexual Assault Victims in the Emergency Department (January 2014)

The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force website has these resources: