Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 343

Ban on prescription of emergency contraception at UWS facilities

Full Description

Read testimony by Alice Reilly-Myklebust, RN, MSN
Read testimony by Kathleen Poi, MS, RN

(LeMahieu) This bill prohibits a person employed by or under contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) to provide health care services to registered students from dispensing or prescribing a hormonal medication or combination of medications that is administered only after sexual intercourse for the postcoital control of fertility to a registered student or to any other person entitled to receive university health care services or from advertising the availability of the hormonal medication or combination of medications. The bill also prohibits a person from advertising, dispensing, or prescribing the hormonal medication or combination of medications on UWS property, except for the property leased to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.

Referred to: Assembly Committee on Children and Families.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: (Oppose) Access to emergency contraception (EC) is a medically appropriate preventive service currently available in the United States and is offered by most primary care providers around the state.

Used to prevent -- not terminate --unwanted/unplanned pregnancy, its availability through a campus health service is an important factor in eliminating unplanned pregnancy as a factor interfering with a young woman’s ability to complete her education.

Provision of this service at the health services of UW system campuses and the actual cost of the medication are not funded by state tax dollars. Funding is by fees paid by the students (segregated fees and fee-for-service). Published research data show no evidence of increased high risk sexual behavior resulting from easy access to emergency contraception.

The Wisconsin Attorney General advises that the legislation is unconstitutional.