State lawmakers focus on reproductive rights in campaigns

Lawmakers push for abortion rights
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Abortion rights are taking front and center in many campaigns.

In Connecticut, Democrats say it is important not to be silent on the issue.

The draft decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade has caused at least 26 states to consider banning abortions or have restrictions.

Women’s rights have become a key issue for Democrats running in this year’s election.

A woman’s right to choose is protected in Connecticut and lawmakers recently passed legislation adding further protections and more access.

About a dozen Democrats, including the secretary of the state, current state lawmakers and those running for office, say even though Connecticut is considered a leader when it comes to women’s rights it’s not the time to take that for granted.

“Make no mistake our reproductive rights are under attack. The draft ruling obliterates five decades of established law with respect to women’s reproductive healthcare,” said Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Democrats say this comes at a time when 7 in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stay as the law in this country.

“This national conversation about taking away those rights is about changing the place that women have in our society. It is about controlling women,” said Sen. Mae Flexer (D-Willimantic).

Governor Ned Lamont supports a woman’s right to choose and signed the legislation that passed.

“The world has changed. I don’t the world to change in Connecticut. I want to make sure that you know exactly where I stand when it comes to a woman’s right to choose,” said Lamont.

Tuesday, Democrats criticized Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, for his stance on women’s rights.

When Eyewitness News reached out to Stefanowski’s campaign Tuesday, they sent a statement, which was released last week.

In that statement, Stefanowski says “under no circumstances will I as Governor attempt to change the existing law.” He also says “Connecticut should consider a parental notification requirement for minors under sixteen seeking an abortion, except in the case of rape or incest.”

Reproductive rights are protected in Connecticut, but pro-choice supporters worry this could change if there is a change in elected leaders.

This will be an important issue and much talked about issue in the upcoming elections.

State lawmakers focus on reproductive rights