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06-S3945 on Sep 26, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: for emergency contraception for rape victims
Source: Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act (S.3945)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Prohibits any federal funds from being provided to a hospital unless the hospital provides to women who are victims of sexual assault:
  1. accurate and unbiased information about emergency contraception;
  2. emergency contraception on her request; and
  3. does not deny any such services because of the inability of the woman to pay.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. CLINTON: This bill will help sexual assault survivors across the country get the medical care they need and deserve. It is hard to argue against this commonsense legislation. Rape--by definition--could never result in an intended pregnancy. Emergency contraception is a valuable tool that can prevent unintended pregnancy. This bill makes emergency contraception available for survivors of sexual assault at any hospital receiving public funds.

Every 2 minutes, a woman is sexually assaulted in the US, and each year, 25,000 to 32,000 women become pregnant as a result of rape or incest. 50% of those pregnancies end in abortion.

By providing access to emergency contraception, up to 95% of those unintended pregnancies could be prevented if emergency contraception is administered within the first 24 to 72 hours. In addition, emergency contraception could also give desperately needed peace of mind to women in crisis.

The FDA recently made EC available over the counter for women 18 years of age and older. Despite the ideologically driven agenda against this drug, the research has been consistently clear--this drug is safe and effective for preventing pregnancy. Women deserve access to EC. For millions of women, it represents peace of mind. For survivors of rape and sexual assault, it offers hope for healing and a tomorrow free of painful reminders of the past.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims (Score: 1)

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 06-S3945

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Joe Baca s1oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Brian Baird s1oWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s2iCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s2iWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Russ Carnahan s1oMissouri Democrat 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Ed Case s1oHawaii Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1oWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Etheridge s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Lane Evans s1oIllinois Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Daniel Inouye s2iHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1oNew York Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
William Jefferson s1oLouisiana Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s2iMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s2iMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Rick Larsen s1oWashington Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s2iNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Robert Menendez s2iNew Jersey Democrat 
Brad Miller s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Dennis Moore s1oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Patty Murray s2iWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Steven Rothman s2pNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Martin Sabo s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s1oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
David Scott s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1oWashington Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
John Spratt s1oSouth Carolina Democrat (until 2010) 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Diane Watson s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 



Republicans participating in 06-S3945

Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Sherry Boehlert s1oNew York Republican/Independence 
Jeb Bradley s1oNew Hampshire Republican 
Lincoln Chafee s2iRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Nancy Lee Johnson s1oConnecticut Republican 
Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr Senator 
John McHugh s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Joe Schwarz s1oMichigan Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Rob Simmons s1oConnecticut Republican 



Independents participating in 06-S3945

Michael Castle s1oDE 2010 Senate Challenger (lost primary); previously Gov.& Rep. 
Donna Christensen s1oVirgin Islands - 
Jim Jeffords s2iVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 115
Republicans: 10
Independents: 4


















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