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Connecticut leaders react to Supreme Court's abortion decision

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Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' regulation of abortion clinics on Monday, Connecticut leaders issued their responses.

The justices voted 5 to 3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were only an attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions, according to The Associated Press.

The case was under Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the most comprehensive challenge to the Supreme Court's historic ruling in Roe v. Wade in nearly a decade, according to lawmakers.

“This decision represents a resounding defense of women’s rights against those who seek to roll back the clock," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "This is a majority opinion rooted in common sense – and it was the right one."

Malloy called the decision progress.

“This is an important decision that affirms a woman’s right to safe, legal, accessible healthcare," said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. "These restrictions were nothing more than an underhanded attempt to re-litigate women’s healthcare and weaken the laws that protect a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and future."

Wyman said the court seized the opportunity to protect the availability and accessibility of healthcare for women.

“This decision is a resounding, historic triumph for women across America and their families," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. "It is the right result – morally and legally – ensuring that health care is accessible for countless women, no matter where they live."

Blumenthal continued to say that the right of privacy was upheld and protects women against the interference of politicians in their personal lives.

"I will continue the fight to make these rights real for women seeking health care by assuring adequate resources and other support," he said. 

Sen. Chris Murphy also weighed in on the decision.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a victory for women and their health,” Murphy said. “The Texas law was an illegal and baseless excuse to intrude on a woman’s constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion, and it was a sham from the start."

Murphy said the decision will increase access to care, decrease wait times, and improve women’s health.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty called it a victory for women across the nation.

“As a young woman, I witnessed first-hand the very real and profound impact that reproductive choice has on women’s lives," she said. "I grew up in a town where many young women didn’t have access to basic reproductive health services and volunteered at Planned Parenthood during college. Today is a great day for women’s health, but we still have a great deal of work ahead of us to make sure that safe reproductive health care is affordable and accessible for every woman in the United States."

Esty said fortunately, the court was not deadlocked on Monday like it was for last week's immigration decision. The plan would have helped millions of people living in the U.S. illegally.

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