Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Boston Legal episode to focus on emergency contraception

If you like to mix politics and pop culture, you may want to check out tonight's episode of Boston Legal at 10 pm on ABC. It features a story line on a hospital that refuses to offer emergency contraception (EC) to a rape victim who consequently becomes pregnant. The Duvall Reproductive Rights Project of the ACLU of PA has organized a tool kit for individuals who want to host a viewing party of the episode. Thought it's too late to organize something for tonight, we are hoping to obtain copies of the show to distribute for use in the future.

This tool kit is part of the project www.raisinghervoice.org, a website which promotes the importance of making emergency contraception available to sexual assault survivors. Kudos to the producers of Boston Legal, who included information about raisinghervoice.org on the show's site.


Anonymous Kelvin Kean said...

Coincidentally, today the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy ordered Wal-Mart to carry "Plan B" emergency contraceptives in their pharmacy section. It seems two customers sought to buy "Plan B" from them and couldn't so they sued. The newstory also reported that nationwide Wal-Mart carries "Plan B" only in Illinois, because the State of Illinois ordered them to do so.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Tired of Idiots said...

Not surprisingly, the head of the Catholic League is condemning David E. Kelley for the episode.

Apparently, they're quite familiar with his "anti-Catholic" tendencies, and have a "big fat file" on him.

The way I look at it, the show didn't focus on the fact that the hospital should have given the victim the prescription, but rather that they prevented her from seeking it elsewhere in the necessary time.

Not anti-Catholic at all.

Just anti-idiocy.

2:34 PM  
Blogger ACLU of Pennsylvania said...

Check it out - State Senators Connie Williams and Joe Conti issued a press release about the episode of Boston Legal, caling it "a good illustration of the need for EC in the ER." See the complete press release: http://www.senatorconniewilliams.com/press_releases/0170215(b)06.asp

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God...reason in politics...State Senators Connie Williams and Joe Conti...stop it hurts too much.

10:32 PM  
Blogger ACLU of Pennsylvania said...

Here's the link to the Catholic League condemnation of Kelly (and yours truly) for the episode that TofI mentions: http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=34&idsub=127&id=2600

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the head of the catholic league complained about the show he captured an essential truth -- that the Catholic heirarchy is more interested in preserving its image and adhering to a set of rules than in helping victims in dire circumstances. Boston Legal is to be commended for focusing attention on the needs and rights of the victim to make decisions based on her moral beliefs. - carol petraitis, duvall project, aclu-pa

4:47 PM  

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