January 22, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States. Roe has always been controversial, and has ignited legal, social and religious passions over the past forty years. The battle over abortion in the state of Connecticut continues unabated.
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THE STATE OF ABORTION LAW IN CONNECTICUT
NARAL Pro-Choice America gives Connecticut an “A” for its abortion-related laws,” noting among other things, that:
- Connecticut’s Governor, Senate and House of Representatives are pro-choice;
- Connecticut law provides an affirmative right to choose, ensuring women’s access to pre-viability abortion services that would remain in effect even if Roe v. Wade were overturned.
- The Connecticut Constitution provides greater protections to the right to privacy and the right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
Americans United for Life (AUL) ranks Connecticut #44 in the nation for its abortion-related laws, stating that Connecticut law allows “cloning-for-biomedical-research, but not cloning-to-produce-children, thus making it a ‘clone-and-kill’ state.” On its website, AUL recommends various legislative and constitutional “priorities” for Connecticut, including, but not limited to:
- a state constitutional amendment removing Connecticut’s constitutional right to abortion;
- the addition of a “Personhood Preamble” to the state constitution; and
- the repeal of the state Freedom of Choice Act.
Abortion Quick Facts For Connecticut
Below is a review of Connecticut abortion law and a discussion of emerging abortion-related trends in that state.
- May be performed by a licensed physician or nursing professional
- Procedure must be performed in a hospital once fetus becomes viable
- Second physician not required in procedure once fetus becomes viable
- Procedure is prohibited once fetus becomes viable except in cases of woman’s life or health endangerment
- Partial Birth Abortions are not banned
- Public funding for procedure is available
- Use of private comprehensive insurance coverage is allowed for procedure
- Individual abortion providers only may refuse to participate
- Mandated counseling is required regarding health risks prior to procedure
- No waiting period prior to procedure
- Parental notice and consent is not required for minors
Connecticut And Abortion: Trends And Latest News
According to AUL:
- Bills have been introduced in the Connecticut legislature to protect unborn victims of violence and regulate destructive embryo research.
- Connecticut enacted measures establishing a state umbilical cord blood collection program and allowing for a replacement birth certiﬁcate pursuant to gestational agreement.
- Connecticut did not consider any measures related to abortion, end-of-life issues or healthcare provider rights to refuse abortion services.
Nationally, The Abortion Issue Is Divisive And Crucially Important
As defined by the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, abortion pits a woman’s Constitutional “right to privacy, which includes a qualified right to terminate her pregnancy” against a state’s “legitimate interests in protecting both the pregnant woman’s health and the potentiality of human life.”
In Roe, the Court provided for the first time a national framework for legal abortions. The case has been under attack in federal and state courts, legislatures and executive offices ever since. But unlike other controversial court decisions, the controversy over Roe shows no sign of abating. If anything, our nation’s people and political system seem to be polarizing around this issue. During the 1970s and 1980, views on abortion were largely a nonpartisan issue. Starting in the 1990s, however, “more Republicans believed abortion should be illegal than broadly legal (by a 21-point margin), while the reverse was true among Democrats (by 19 points).”
Abortion may also be the most important, as well as the most divisive, social and political issue in the United States today, at least among women. In a recent Gallup Poll, 39% of women in the 12 key swing states for Presidential elections named abortion as the most important issue facing women. Responding in an open-ended format, women ranked the issue of abortion above jobs, the economy, healthcare, and equal pay.
Ninety-three million eligible voters did not 2012, meaning that despite its importance, most voices are not being heard on the issue of abortion. If you would like to become more involved in this issue, you may get information to contact your federally elected officials here, contact a political advocacy group here, or register to vote here.
Guttermacher Institute | NARAL Pro-Choice America | National Conference of State. Legislatures | Americans. United for Life | Legal Information Institute
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