A bill strengthening abortion access in Connecticut has passed the state House, with Governor Ned Lamont pledging to sign it if it passes the Senate. The bill, HB 5414, would protect abortionists in Connecticut who participated in some way in abortions in other states where such an action is illegal. It also allows non-physicians to commit some surgical abortions.
Lamont and other supporters of the bill say it is necessary as other states pass pro-life protections for preborn human beings. The Supreme Court could also potentially overturn Roe v. Wade later this year, which is a concern for Lamont.
“We thought that women had the full range of reproductive choice, going back to Roe v. Wade, going back 50 years when I was young,” Lamont said in a press conference. “And it’s incredible that it’s back on the front burner. It’s incredible that the Supreme Court will make the decision that could fundamentally change a woman’s right to choose. A majority of the states across the country already have bills passed or about to be passed that would virtually outlaw a woman’s right to choose — and we’re not going to let that happen in Connecticut.”
A last-minute amendment allowed for HB 5261, an originally separate bill that allows non-doctors to commit first-trimester surgical abortions in Connecticut, to be added to HB 5414. This will expand access to abortion while making it more dangerous for women as research shows that abortions carried out by non-physicians have a higher incidence of complications than those committed by doctors.
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