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.
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.
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.