Expanding Women's Reproductive RightsJuly 26, 2023
In the aftermath of last year's devastating Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Connecticut has become a national leader in passing a number of new laws defending residents, healthcare workers, and those from out-of-state seeking reproductive services and resources.
To further protect reproductive rights in our state, a number of bills we passed during this year's legislative session were recently signed into law by the governor, who thanked the General Assembly’s Reproductive Rights Caucus led by its House Democratic co-chairs, State Representative Matt Blumenthal of Stamford and State Representative Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford for their strong commitment on this important issue.
The new laws include:
- Public Act 23-128, which enacts protections for Connecticut medical providers who offer reproductive health care services against adverse actions taken by another state;
- Public Act 23-52, which allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control;
- Public Act 23-41, which increases access to reproductive health care services by college students at public institutions of higher education;
- Public Act 23-56, which establishes safeguards against the collection, sharing, and selling of personal data online, including health-related information; and
- Public Act 23-147, which improves maternal healthcare by expanding birthing hospitals in Connecticut.
“I am so pleased to see Connecticut continue to prioritize reproductive health and rights," Rep. Gilchrest said. The legislation we passed this session, and that Governor Lamont signed into law, will strengthen protections for those seeking abortion care in our state, expand access to birth control and emergency contraception, and improve maternal healthcare in our state. As many states across the country are restricting reproductive healthcare, we continue to improve care.”
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“This session, the Reproductive Rights Caucus led passage of a broad agenda of pathbreaking legislation both protecting and increasing access to reproductive healthcare," said Rep. Blumenthal. "These laws expand on the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act of 2022 by protecting providers’ licenses, insurance, and credentials by extremist anti-choice officials in other states. They also expand access to birth control and emergency contraception, increase access to reproductive healthcare at higher education institutions, protect individuals’ data privacy, increase equity in maternal healthcare, and fight LGBTQ discrimination in health insurance coverage. We are proud to have worked with Governor Lamont and our colleagues on these significant milestones in the fight for reproductive justice. Connecticut will continue leading the way in ensuring access to these fundamental rights.”