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Helping women in need

Dear Editor:On Friday, July 1, Colorado’s Emergency Contraception for Rape Survivors bill (HB 1042) should be going into effect. It is not.In April, Governor Owens vetoed the Emergency Contraception for Rape Survivors bill (HB 1042), which required all hospitals to inform rape victims about emergency contraception.On behalf of rape victims denied access to emergency contraception (EC), Planned Parenthood is observing Friday, July 1, by offering all women one free pack of EC to keep at home.Emergency contraception is the best way to safely and effectively prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion in cases of contraceptive failure, rape or incest (when taken within five days of unprotected sex).If the condom breaks, if you have unprotected sex or if you are forced to have sex, you do not have to wait for a period that may never come. Keep EC at home, on the shelf, just in case.Governor Owens’ veto denied women in need. Planned Parenthood won’t. Terri WormPlanned Parenthood of the Rocky MountainsGlenwood Springs