CT healthcare providers preparing for out of state patients seeking abortion services
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - In Connecticut, abortion rights are protected and will soon be stronger.
This Friday July 1, recently passed legislation to codify reproductive rights will become law.
It helps women in Connecticut and those coming from other states.
This legislation will provide more access by allowing advanced practitioners to do certain abortions, not only doctors.
14 other states allow medical staff like nurse practitioners to do this.
This will expand care, and because of the Supreme Court decision, more women will be coming to Connecticut to have an abortion.
We are told women have already been coming from Texas.
Connecticut’s legislation also protects women who come from other states.
States like Texas have already said they would file charges and go after those who help women get abortions in other states, including doctors.
State lawmakers who supported this legislation say the Connecticut law will help protect women.
“We passed legislation that says no state agencies can provide information on reproductive healthcare. That we will not allow subpoenas that seek information on someone’s reproductive care and we will not extradite someone to another state if they are seeking to prosecute that person for legal reproductive care that’s legal in the state of Connecticut,” said Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford).
Some worry women from other states may be afraid to come to Connecticut if there’s a chance there will be criminal prosecution.
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