a bird and a bottle

Rape Victim Arrested & Denied EC Gets An Apology. EC in time? Not so much.
January 31, 2007, 11:34 am
Filed under: criminal justice, law, reproductive justice

Apparently, the Tampa, FL woman who was arrested on an outstanding warrant for restitution after going to the hospital to report that she had been raped, and then was denied Emergency Contraception by the nurse for the private company contracted to run the city jail, has received an apology.

From the St. Petersburg (FL) Times:

“In this case the victim was not treated properly, and we don’t want this to ever happen again,” said Mayor Pam Iorio.

“We feel remorse that she ended up in jail,” said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, offering an apology on behalf of the department.

Wait, the Tampa police feel remorse that she ended up in jail?!? What about the fact that some self-righteous person denied this woman — a rape victim! — emergency contraception and completly ignored what the woman herself wanted!?!?

The woman’s mother says it better than I could:

But a nurse at the jail would not let the woman take her second dose. The woman’s mother said her daughter didn’t get the medication until just before she left jail Monday afternoon.

The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter’s identity, says a jail nurse cited religious objections for withholding the emergency contraceptive.

“I was in total disbelief,” the mother said. “You just can’t imagine the fury that was going through me. How dare that person force their religious beliefs upon my daughter in such a way that it may harm her?”

Of course, the nurse claims it was not religious beliefs and heaps more blame on the woman who had been raped and then arreste, saying “the poor girl was clearly distraught.” Ya think? And might the nurse’s denial of EC, thus leaving the woman at heightened risk of pregnancy as a result of rape had anything to do with that?


LitBrit at Shakespeare’s Sister has more, including how this is all – inevitably – tied to the Bush clan.


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