Connecticut lawmakers pass a bill to protect abortion seekers and providers from out-of-state lawsuits 2022-04-30 08:32:08


House Bell 5414, sponsored by Democratic state legislators, would enable any person or company that “has a judgment” against them in another state to receive, provide, or assist a person in obtaining 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 have abortions, as well as the doctors who provide them.

That measure passed the Senate late Friday night by 25-9, after it passed the state assembly last week in a bipartisan 87-60 vote. Democrats control both houses of the General Assembly.

Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, said he would sign the bill. CNN has reached out to the governor’s office for comment now that the bill has been passed. Once passed, the law will 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 the majority of states across the country have already gotten bills or are about to approve that right to choose, and we’re not going to let It’s happening in Connecticut,” Lamont said at a news conference last week along with abortion rights advocates.

This action will prevent state agencies from assisting in interstate investigations or prosecutions that would hold a person criminally or civilly liable for providing, soliciting, receiving, or inquiring about legal abortion services in Connecticut. It will prevent court officers from issuing subpoenas related to legal abortion services in the state.

The bill would also limit the extradition power of the governor, which means that the governor will not be able to extradite a person who has had an abortion in Connecticut which is a crime in another state.

The bill was paid by Controversial Texas Law It allows private citizens to take civil action to enforce its ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.
Supporters of the Connecticut bill argue The legislation is necessary to protect against the possibility of the US Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling later this year, as well as to prevent red states seeking to restrict abortion rights from enforcing those restrictions outside their borders.
HB 5414 will also allow non-physicians, including registered nurses, nurse midwives, and physician assistants, to submit Abortion and medical abortion In the first three months.
Connecticut is the latest state to enact laws this year that protect or expand access to abortion as conservative states press for restrictive abortion laws in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision in a case challenging Roe v. Wade. As of early April, at least 11 precautionary measures I have been agedSeven states are in this legislative session, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights.
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Since the passage of the Texas abortion law, abortion providers in neighboring states have said they’ve seen it An increase in the number of Texas patients Find the action.

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state last month signed a bill that he said would protect out-of-state patients seeking abortion services and abortion providers in Washington from “prosecution through vigilante justice” from states like Texas.

The Washington lawwhich will take effect in June, states that the state “will not punish, prosecute, or take negative action” against anyone who assists or assists a pregnant woman “in the exercise of her right to reproductive freedom.”

Drexel University law professor David Cohen told CNN that while Washington state law could be interpreted as protecting abortion providers, Connecticut would be the first state to “get this limit specifically while providing specific protections for abortion providers (and) aides to abortion travelers.” between states”.

“The Connecticut bill is more specific and clear about protecting Connecticut abortion providers, assistants, and seekers from lawsuits and out-of-state criminal investigations,” Cohen said.