Connecticut launches reproductive rights hotline and website
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – State leaders have announced a reproductive rights hotline and website that they say will make it easier for people seeking information about abortion care in Connecticut .
This comes after the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade in June, eliminating the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion and giving states the power to dramatically limit or ban the procedure.
“To women across America who need reproductive health care: come to Connecticut,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn) said at a news conference Friday.
People can now call 1-866-CTCHOICE (1-866-282-4642) or visit portal.ct.gov/reproductiverights for Connecticut reproductive rights information, providers, and other resources.
This is a difficult and possibly dangerous time for those living in states that no longer offer choice.
“People make desperate choices in desperate times, and sometimes people make choices that aren’t always safe for their own health,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani.
One of the problems with states that have banned abortion is that they have also criminalized it. They threaten to sue women who have abortions even if they come to states where it’s legal. At this time, Connecticut cannot guarantee that this will not happen to people who come here.
“We are trying to understand, not just in Connecticut but across the country, what our strategy is and how we are going to protect and defend patients, women, doctors, health care providers,” the attorney explained. General William Tong (D-Connecticut).
In May, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Connecticut’s first major abortion law in years, the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, aimed at legally protecting providers and patients from lawsuits outside of the state. State. The nation’s first law, which went into effect July 1, also allows advanced practice registered nurses, nurse midwives or physician assistants to perform vacuum aspiration abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The attorney general said he would be the first to sue if anyone tried to limit access to abortion in Connecticut. It’s all part of Connecticut as a safe state.
“We provide a full range of choices to our women and let them make the decision, not a politician standing between you and your doctor,” the Democratic governor said.
The hotline is operated by a state contractor trained to answer questions about abortion or direct callers to someone who can.
The states new website offers information in the following areas:
- Understand your rights
- Find a supplier
- Pay for an abortion
- Transportation and travel
- Resources for Health Care Professionals and Providers
- Community support