Connecticut Launches New Reproductive Rights Resource Website
The website and helpline come after Connecticut’s new reproductive rights legislation goes into effect on July 1.
CONNECTICUT, USA – As the state continues to strengthen its rights for a person to seek an abortion, Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of a new rights website and phone number reproductive.
From Friday people can call 1-866-CTCHOICE (1-866-282-4642) or visit this website for information on reproductive rights in the state, providers, and other helpful resources for people seeking abortion services.
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“Despite the Supreme Court’s sweeping decision to deny individuals the right to make their own reproductive health decisions, the State of Connecticut will never come between you and your doctor,” Lamont said. “If you are ready to start a family, we want you to have access to the health care you need, and if for any reason you need abortion services, we have your back and want to make sure you can find the healthcare you need as easily as possible, which is why setting up this hotline and website is a priority for me and my team.
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“A woman’s right to choose to have a safe abortion has been central to providing safe care to women for 50 years,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani. “In Connecticut, we are fortunate that there will be no changes to continue providing women with safe choices in their medical care. We remain committed to optimizing public health. In Connecticut, the right to choose of a woman is always protected.
In May, Connecticut lawmakers passed a law protecting the right to choose, and Lamont signed it into law.
The legislation protects state medical providers from lawsuits stemming from out-of-state abortion laws. It also protects patients who travel to Connecticut for an abortion, even if they are from a restricted state.
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The move came after a draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade was disclosed by the United States Supreme Court. At the end of June, the judges issued the full opinion which overturned the previous one. The move prompted several states across the country to quickly pass restrictive abortion laws.
Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected].
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