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(DENVER, Colo., Mar. 29, 2005) Mimi Schaefer (cq) 43, of Arapahoe County, wipes a tear as she becomes emotional as she speaks about her experiance as a survivor of sexual assault as State Representitive Betty Boyd (D-Lakewood) listens during a press conference Tusday Mar. 29, 2005 at the state Capitol. The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), The Republican Majority for Choice, Senator Jennifer Veiga (not seen) and Representative Betty Boyd will held a news conference to urge Governor Bill Owens to sign HB 1042 into law. The bill requires hospital emergency rooms in Colorado to provide information about emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault. Emergency Contraception (EC), commonly referred to as "the Morning After Pill," is a form of birth control that if taken within 5 days of unprotected sex may prevent pregnancy. Governor Owens has the opportunity to sign a bill that provides information about EC to women who have been raped and seek care in Colorado hospital Emergency Rooms. Both the Colorado State House of Representatives and the Senate have approved the bill. The bill is on the Governor's desk. Nearly 5,000 bright yellow letters from Colorado residents to Governor Owens will be delivered to his office. The letters are in support of HB 1042 and urge the governor to sign this bill and provide critical information to rape survivors. (Photo by Ahmad Terry/Rocky Mountain News) *** Mimi Schaefer, Betty Boyd***

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