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Connecticut House passes bill against abortion laws in other states;  Governor Lamont will sign


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Connecticut’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bipartisan bill that effectively combats some abortion laws in other states by allowing people who face legal liability for violating other states’ abortion laws to sue for damages in the courts of Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, has pledged to sign the bill if it passes the Democratic-dominated state Senate.

The bill, HB 5414, seeks “to provide protections for individuals receiving and providing reproductive health care services in the state.” It creates a legal process by which a person who has been “judged” against them in any state where liability is based on “providing, receiving, assisting in receiving or supplying, material support or any theory of…responsibility…for reproductive health care services authorized by the laws of this state…may recover damages from any party who brought the action leading to this judgment.

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The bill would protect abortion providers in Connecticut — and those who assist them — from liability under the laws of states like Texas when they perform an abortion on a Texas resident who travels to Connecticut. for an abortion.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State address during the opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Hartford, Connecticut.
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The bill follows a Texas law that effectively bans abortion at around six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and before many women know they are pregnant. Rather than asking the state to enforce the ban, Texas law creates a private right of action against those who perform or aid and abet an abortion that violates the law – but not against the woman who undergoes the abortion. procedure. HB 5414 aims to combat such laws in other states, giving those who violate Texas law a legal defense in Connecticut.

The bill will also allow Connecticut to protect the medical records of women who travel to the state from other states like Texas or Louisiana.

The bill would also allow non-physicians to perform abortions, giving advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants and nurse midwives permission to provide medication and first-trimester vacuum aspiration abortions.

After a two-hour debate, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed HB 5414, 87-60. Although most Democrats voted for the bill and most Republicans voted against it, 14 Democrats voted against it and seven Republicans supported it, the Hartford Courant reported.

“The culture wars are happening on our shores here in Connecticut, and we stand together,” Lamont said Tuesday. “We’re making sure that when it comes to our women, when it comes to our choice, when it comes to these culture wars, we stand up for the women of the state of Connecticut, and that’s not going to change.”

Connecticut House passes bill against abortion laws in other states;  Governor Lamont will sign

Texas Governor Greg Abbott attends a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 to the Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas.
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Although Connecticut codified the right to abortion in 1990, proponents have said laws like HB 5414 are needed to prepare for the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual reversal of abortion precedent Roe v. Wade (1973).

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The Family Institute of Connecticut criticized the legislation, arguing that it will create a “safe harbor” for “abortion providers who violate abortion laws in other states.”

Connecticut House passes bill against abortion laws in other states;  Governor Lamont will sign

Joining thousands gathered outside the state Capitol, opponents of a bill to repeal Connecticut’s religious exemption for school vaccinations pray outside the Capitol before the state Senate votes on the legislation, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)
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States with Democratic legislatures passed laws codifying abortion in the event Roe was overthrown. Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed a law creating a “fundamental right” to abortion and denying any right to the unborn child. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo, DN.Y., signed legislation codifying abortion rights and explicit deletion protections against unborn children.

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Meanwhile, states with Republican legislatures have passed laws restricting abortion, with Texas and Idaho passing laws allowing private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against those who aid or abet abortions after the death. detection of a fetal heart rate, at approximately 6 weeks of pregnancy.

While many polls suggest Americans support Roe, in-depth polls reveal a more complicated picture. Asked about their opinion on abortion during specific periods of pregnancy and other situations, 71% of Americans say they support limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy (22%), or in other limited circumstances such as rape and incest (28%), to save the life of the mother (9% ) or not at all (12%) . Only 17% of Americans said abortion should be available throughout an entire pregnancy, and 12% said it should be limited to the first six months.


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