, sponsored by state Democratic lawmakers
, would enable a person or corporation who
“has had a judgment entered
” against them in another state for receiving
, providing or helping a person obtain legal abortion services in Connecticut to sue for damages
. Supporters of the bill say it would protect women from other states who travel to Connecticut to receive abortions
, as well as the physicians who provide them
The measure cleared the state Senate late Friday night in a 25-9 stem, after passing the state House last week in an 87-60 bipartisan vote. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly.
Goewerneur. Ned Lamont, 'n demokraat, has said that he will sign the bill. CNN has reached out to the governor’s office for comment now that the bill has passed. Once enacted, the bill would go into effect on July 1.
“It’s incredible that the Supreme Court is going to make a decision in three or four months that could fundamentally change a woman’s right to choose and that a majority of the states across the country already got bills passed or about to pass that virtually outlaw a woman’s right to choose, and we’re not going to let that happen in Connecticut,” Lamont said at a news conference last week alongside abortion rights advocates.
The measure would block state agencies from assisting in interstate investigations or prosecutions that would hold someone criminally or civilly liable for providing, soekend, receiving or asking about abortion services legal in Connecticut. It would bar court officers from issuing subpoenas related to legal abortion services in the state.
The bill would also limit the governor’s extradition authority, meaning the governor would not be able to extradite a person who performed an abortion in Connecticut that’s considered a crime in another state.
The bill was prompted by the controversial Texas law that allows private citizens to take civil action to enforce its ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy
The Connecticut bill’s backers argue the legislation is necessary to safeguard against the US Supreme Court potentially overturning the landmark Roe v
. Wade decision later this year
, as well as to block red states that seek to curtail abortion rights from enforcing those restrictions beyond their borders
5414 would also allow non-physicians
, including registered nurses
, nurse-midwives and physician assistants
, to provide abortions and medication abortions in the first trimester
Connecticut is the latest state to enact bills this year that protect or expand access to abortion as conservative states push restrictive abortion laws in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision in a case that challenges Roe v Wade
. As of early April
, ten minste 11 protective measures had been enacted in seven states this legislative session
, according to the Guttmacher Institute
, which supports abortion rights
Since the Texas abortion law was passed
, abortion providers in neighboring states have said they’ve seen a surge in Texas patients seeking the procedure
Demokratiese goewerneur. Jay Inslee of Washington state last month signed a bill into law that he said would protect out-of-state patients seeking abortion services and Washington abortion providers from “prosecution through vigilante justice” from states such as Texas.
Die Washington law
, which will take effect in June
, says that the state
“shall not penalize
, or otherwise take adverse action
” against someone who aids or assists a pregnant person in
“exercising their right to reproductive freedom.
Drexel University law professor David Cohen told CNN that while the Washington state law may be interpreted as protecting abortion providers, Connecticut would be the first state to “specifically get this far with specific protections for providers (en) helpers of interstate abortion travelers.”
“The Connecticut bill is just much more specific, and clear about protecting abortion providers and helpers and seekers in Connecticut from out-of-state lawsuits and criminal investigations,” Cohen said.