Hastings Women’s Law Journal


Preventing pregnancy after sexual assault and violence is critical to a woman's psychological recovery and physical health. Emergency contraception works effectively to prevent pregnancy, and is the medical standard of care for treating women and girls of reproductive age after a sexual assault. While pregnancies pose health risks for every woman, rape-related pregnancies hold profound consequences including compounded trauma and an increased vulnerability to violence. In this brief, amici urge the Ninth Circuit to recognize the importance of access to emergency contraception for all women, and its critical nature for rape and domestic violence survivors.